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I have very important video on a DVD+RW disc, but my DVD player/writer (which originally recorded the video) can't/won't finalize the disc for some mysterious reason. I was fairly certain I had formatted the disc prior to all recording. I can view the video through my player/writer's menu, and can even see it with my computer's CyberLink PowerDVD program that automatically starts when I put in the disc, but it is definitely not finalized (the data is somewhat jumbled). There is one title/chapter of video (the last one I recorded) that I need to take screen captures of, but the BS.Player program I use to do that can't seem to get at that one particular chapter--ARGH!

 

I installed and launched ImgBurn after putting the disc into my computer's DVD-RW drive, and here was the log:

 

I 13:45:56 ImgBurn Version 2.5.0.0 started!

I 13:45:56 Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600 : Service Pack 3)

I 13:45:56 Total Physical Memory: 2,095,172 KB - Available: 896,880 KB

I 13:45:56 Initialising SPTI...

I 13:45:56 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...

I 13:45:56 Found 1 DVD±RW!

 

What's probably more useful is what shows up in ImgBurn's disc information panel:

 

PHILIPS DVD+-RW DVD8801 2D06 (ATA)

Current Profile: DVD+RW

 

Disc Information:

Status: Complete

Erasable: Yes

Formatted: No (Started)

Sessions: 1

Sectors: 2,295,104

Size: 4,700,372,992 bytes

Time: 510:03:29 (MM:SS:FF)

 

File System Information:

Sectors: 757,296

Size: 1,550,942,208 bytes

Time: 168:19:21 (MM:SS:FF)

 

TOC Information:

Session 1... (LBA: 0)

-> Track 01 (Mode 1, LBA: 0 - 2295103)

-> LeadOut (LBA: 2295104)

 

Track Information:

Session 1...

-> Track 01 (LTSA: 0, TS: 2295104, LRA: 0)

 

Physical Format Information (ADIP):

Disc ID: RICOHJPN-W11-01

Book Type: DVD+RW

Part Version: 2

Disc Size: 120mm

Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified

Number of Layers: 1

Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)

Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit

Track Density: 0.74 um/track

First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608

Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711

Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

 

Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):

Disc ID: RICOHJPN-W11-01

Book Type: DVD+RW

Part Version: 2

Disc Size: 120mm

Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified

Number of Layers: 1

Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)

Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit

Track Density: 0.74 um/track

First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608

Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 954,159

Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

 

I tried finalizing the disc in Write Mode by going to Tools -> Drive -> Close Track / Session / Disc, but I get a strange error when I try to Close Track:

 

I/O Error!

 

Device: [0:0:0] PHILIPS DVD+-RW DVD8801 2D06 (D:) (ATA)

 

ScsiStatus: 0x02

Interpretation: Check Condition

 

CDB: 5B 00 01 00 00 01 00 00 00 00

Interpretation: Close Track/Session

 

Sense Area: 70 00 05 00 00 00 00 12 00 00 00 00 24 00 00 00 00 00

Interpretation: Invalid Field in CDB

 

Can anyone please help me finalize this disc, or finish formatting it without losing my data?? I desperately need your help! Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

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From an optical drive point of view, you don't finalise DVD+RW media.

You format them (when brand new) and they then look like the full capacity of the disc has been used up.

That's what this section of text is all about:

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Disc Information:
Status: Complete
Erasable: Yes
Formatted: No (Started)
Sessions: 1
Sectors: 2,295,104
Size: 4,700,372,992 bytes
Time: 510:03:29 (MM:SS:FF)

What you probably want to do there is try cloning the disc... but not at sector level where ImgBurn works... you'd want to do it based on the content as recorded in the IFO/VOB/BUP files. So you could try using something like DVD Shrink, CloneDVD or DVD Fab to actually analyse the content of the disc and build a new ISO you can burn to a DVD+R (which can then be closed/finalised by the drive).

 

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Yeah, as long as there's a VIDEO_TS folder on the disc with VOB and IFO files and they're properly authored, DVDShrink should read in the contents for possible salvaging.  However, my experience with DVD Video Recorders is the contents they write to discs need to be finalized before they can be playable contents.

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