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Windows 7: OOF! DVD Backup Problems :(

11 Jan 2010   #1
TheSeawulf

windows vista 64 and windows 7 pro 64
 
 
OOF! DVD Backup Problems :(

OMG. I'm trying to use TDK DVDs to backup data to free space off my hard drives. I thought I knew how these worked but maybe you can help. First, here's what's on the front of the DVDs I'm using. Left side says TDK|DVD+R. The right side of the DVD says |1-16x|4.7GB|RW. I'm pretty sure the RW means rewrite right? Windows 7 will let me burn a file, say, 2gigs worth (as a "thumb drive").

If I go into my computer and try to format the disc, it warns it will erase all information on the disc click yes or no. When yes is clicked, it goes through the motions, the line goes from left to right showing the status of the format. The format DOES delete the data, but DOES NOT free the space. So I can open the folder, see nothing on the disc, but 2GB is still taken up on the disc....WTF? Does anyone know why this is happening? I can't tell if Windows is being stupid, or if I'm being stupid lol


I notice at the top of the window it says capacity is 2.57 but it doesn't give me an option to change that. When I format it leaves 2.56, 2.57, or 2.58 GB free on the DVD. I'm going to reboot into Vista and see if it does the same thing...


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11 Jan 2010   #2
Venths

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hello,

Welcome to 7 forums

In this regard, the issue may be of the following factors:

* The disk may be either corrupt or damaged. Try another disk. A new disk should resolve your confusion .

* The DVD burning software might be corrupt. Try re-installing the CD/DVD burning software.

Further answe us:

* Did you use the Windows burning tool to erase the disk? or what is the software you have used ?
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11 Jan 2010   #3
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSeawulf View Post
First, here's what's on the front of the DVDs I'm using. Left side says TDK|DVD+R. The right side of the DVD says |1-16x|4.7GB|RW. I'm pretty sure the RW means rewrite right?
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It's confusing that the disc has both +R and RW on it. Usually DVD media are either +R, -R, or RW in my experience. For what it's worth I've had nothing but trouble with RW media. Once there's a problem with the disc it's finished. Now that the discs are so inexpensive there's little point in messing with re-writable media. I think you will find standard +R or -R discs a lot more reliable.
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11 Jan 2010   #4
TheSeawulf

windows vista 64 and windows 7 pro 64
 
 

[QUOTE=Victek;499696]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheSeawulf View Post
First, here's what's on the front of the DVDs I'm using. Left side says TDK|DVD+R. The right side of the DVD says |1-16x|4.7GB|RW. I'm pretty sure the RW means rewrite right?
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It's confusing that the disc has both +R and RW on it.

I know, i considered it may not be an rw, but (and to also answer the above question) BOTH windows AND a free cd dvd burner software allowed the disc to be erased. but neither one gave me back the original space. they just deleted the files. I've apparently ruined 3 discs already trying. I think you guys might be right though. bad discs?

I think I'll just use them as regular old DVDs and burn the data to the discs. I won't expect to ever get them erased lol. Better the discs than windows tho!!

Thanks for bouncing ideas.
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12 Jan 2010   #5
Venths

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It is not about a windows issue. In this case, there might be problem with your burner.

As one last try, you can try erasing the DVD in FULL ERASE mode instead of Quick Erase
Let us know what happens !!!
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