Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: DVD-RAM problems

17 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
DVD-RAM problems

I have been using DVD-RAM discs for many years to store/archive pictures and other data and have never encountered any problems with them. Recommendations I have seen on the web state that this format is the most robust and reliable DVD format for data storage and that DVD-RAM discs should have a lifetime of 30 years if stored in the right conditions.

I recently purchased a new Sony Vaio 'all-in-one' PC with W7 64 Bit OS and I have been very pleased with it. One of the reasons that I chose this PC was because the optical drive spec included read/write for DVD-RAM discs. I tested this facility straight away and it appeared to work perfectly with new DVD-RAM discs BUT when I put in some of my older DVD-RAM archive discs, Windows Explorer shows them to be empty, although a few of the discs it was able to read OK.

This has come as a considerable shock to me, because I have a lot of DVD-RAM archives but fortunately, I still have an old XP (SP3) laptop which can read the discs. So, I am in the process of copying all the archived data onto a 1TB Toshiba USB drive from where the new Sony Vaio can access the 'missing' files.

The question in my mind is whether there is a fundamental incompatibility between older DVD-RAM discs and W7 64 bit or whether the problem lies with outdated drivers, different formatting of older DVD-RAM discs or some other reasons. I also need to decide whether to continue archiving onto DVD-RAM discs.

Any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be very welcome...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Check this link, which suggests there are, in fact, compatibility issues between DVD-RAM discs and DVD drives installed in Sony computers.

Sony eSupport - Electronics - Support Information
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Check this link, which suggests there are, in fact, compatibility issues between DVD-RAM discs and DVD drives installed in Sony computers.

Sony eSupport - Electronics - Support Information

Many thanks for your welcome and response!

I have read the Sony eSupport document but I don't think that it explains the problems I am experiencing....

I have since done some more tests with an external USB Samsung optical drive and found that it won't read the DVD-RAM files when plugged into the Sony Vaio W7 PC. However, when I plug the same Samsung USB drive into my XP laptop, the files are displayed in the normal way. I can only conclude therefore that this is a W7 problem and nothing to do with the optical drives (or their drivers).
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 DVD-RAM problems

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Many problems with video errors and somehow RAM problems
Okay so for a while now i have been having many problems. First off i had a PC with the video card i am using right now(Nvidia GTX 295), and it has been "losing signal" and just plain old crashing. So i bought a PC off my uncle. Its got reletivly good hardware, but i am still getting the same...
General Discussion
USB Problems, Errors and port problems!
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, not to long ago I had to replace my hard drive. After that I reinstalled windows 7. Before this the usb devices would charge just not be recognized. Now only ONE port does everything (charge, sync, etc.) the other two just stopped working. I have no clue if its a...
Hardware & Devices
Can't start up my computer. (Driver problems, BSOD, other problems)
Hi I hope I'm placing this in the right section, if not, then could someone tell me where to put it and I'll post it again. I've got a Samsung RV510 laptop with Windows 7 HP 64 bit. About 2 weeks ago, I was watching a Youtube video, had Spotify and Facebook open too, and my computer...
BSOD Help and Support
extract problems, random BSOD errors all those problems
hi guys i dunno why i have many problems with win7 since installation and so far btw i wrote many topics before about my installation and eventually i didn't found any solution so i took my pc to computer shop and they solve the problem after that i installed win7 without any problems...
BSOD Help and Support
Windows Index Problems a.k.a Windows Assesment Problems
Hi, I have had Windows 7 for a while now and have continually tried to run windows assesment tool for a while now, but each time I run it, it always ends up having a problem when it starts "Tuning Windows Media Decoding" and ends up closing. This is not terribly important but I was just wondering...
Performance & Maintenance
Problems leading to problems...
Hello, I am new to the forum, and I am hoping someone can help me out. I am attempting to install Win 7RC 64 bit on my system and seem to run into another problem as soon as I solve one. I am now at a problem that has me at a loss. Bear with me as I outline what I have done so far. I had...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:51.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App