DVD truble

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20 July 2016
Brian2008
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Brian2008
Hi all I hope some can help me please! I have some DVD with images on I have burnt on my PC and some are show blank and not dater on them some are saying some images are corrupted and try again! Is there any way I can get the images off the DVD please? Looking forward to hearing from you. Brian
Posted 20 July 2016
RedChecker
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RedChecker
Try different drives if you can as some may have better luck (I suspect tolerances on the lasers may be the issue) but beyond that it's likely disc corruption that's unrecoverable (possibly due to poor burning in the first place).  Also avoid laptop-style drives like the plague, they're incredibly unreliable.

CD/DVD/BR discs can be incredibly fussy and care needs to be used in burning them (I use low to mid- recording speeds and only trust TDK/Maxell discs, all other brands seem hit/miss in my experience). I also always record two of every disc for archive purposes in case of scratches, disc rot etc.
Posted 20 July 2016
Edited by RedChecker 20 July 2016
EllessePhotography
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EllessePhoto..
Agree with the above I'm afraid, once files are corrupt on a CD/DVD/Blu-ray, they can be almost impossible to recover. As stated above, always use the slowest recording speed possible for your media. Another vote here for TDK, I've also had zero failures with Verbatim +R media (I use Verbatim for 4.7GB discs & TDK for 8.5GB and 25GB blu-ray).

I've also in the past had trouble with Lite-on and Ricoh drives, and now only use Pioneer for my needs (DVD & Blu-ray)

Posted 21 July 2016
RedChecker
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RedChecker
EllessePhotography

 I've also had zero failures with Verbatim +R media


I've had nothing but failures with Verbatim discs (it's odd considering people swear by them).  I suspect it may vary from drive-to-drive with which media works best, perhaps a tolerance issue with laser intensity or something that differs between manufacturers.
Posted 21 July 2016
EllessePhotography
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EllessePhoto..
RedChecker

I've had nothing but failures with Verbatim discs (it's odd considering people swear by them).  I suspect it may vary from drive-to-drive with which media works best, perhaps a tolerance issue with laser intensity or something that differs between manufacturers.


...and that is why I only use Pioneer drives.... Also, were you using +R or -R media (I must admit that I don't like the -R media)

At the moment I have the following

Pioneer DVDRW-DVR-221L
Pioneer BDRW-BDR-207
Pioneer BDR-XS05J (quad layer slot loading usb 3.0 external - had to source from japan)
(I should imagine all these have been updated since I purchased them)

I cannot remember the last time I had a failure using the any of the above drives, with any of the media mentioned above.  I recently came across a couple of boxes of written Verbatim's (mixed media of music, photo's and video) that had been stored in the attic for just over 5 years.  Looking at a random selection, every one of them was accessed perfectly.
Posted 21 July 2016
RedChecker
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RedChecker
EllessePhotography

...and that is why I only use Pioneer drives.... Also, were you using +R or -R media (I must admit that I don't like the -R media)


Always +R  (I too have found -R to be fussy, and have never had any luck with -RW on both CD and DVD).

I used to use Plextor drives which were never cheap and regarded as the best years ago.  Now tend to just buy LG drives as there's not much choice anymore.  The only recent gripes I've had was a USB-powered Samsung BluRay drive that's packed in after a year or two (and only 3/4 BR discs burned), but that's common in my experience of laptop-style drives, they're just very poorly built.

Other than a few very early CD-ROMs I burned about 20+ years ago on cheaper media I've not had any problems with data when it's actually succeeded in burning it in the first place (I always use the verify feature in Nero).
Posted 21 July 2016
EllessePhotography
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EllessePhoto..
RedChecker

Always +R  (I too have found -R to be fussy, and have never had any luck with -RW on both CD and DVD).

I used to use Plextor drives which were never cheap and regarded as the best years ago.  Now tend to just buy LG drives as there's not much choice anymore..


Never used Plextor, but do agree - choice is very limited now due to VERY low unit prices (you can ger a dvd-writer for under £12, and blu-ray for £50) 
Posted 21 July 2016
Brian2008
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Brian2008
Hi all
Thanks for the feed back it a help!

I do use TDK and Sony disk as well as Fuji! I do have 2 DVD player i tried them in and i do have other to try them on!

Thnak again for all your help!
Brian

Posted 27 July 2016
AndyGStudios
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AndyGStudios
I've rescued photos from disc rot before, you always lose a few though. The BIG question is, are the files on the disc individual files (many will be recoverable providing warping / rot etc isn't too bad)... or did you buy a single .IMG (cue / bin) archive; because if it's the latter, and you have disc issues, the recovered file won't checksum and it's toast.

I also used to burn 2 copies, but drives are so cheap now I just use hard drives as backups (still burn 2), and store them in a drive friendly (foam passing / antistatic bags etc) location free from dust, magnetism, jarring or drops etc.

Posted 27 July 2016
HowardJ
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HowardJ
Put the disk back in the drive you wrote to it from and see if it can read it.

Posted 27 July 2016
AndyGStudios
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AndyGStudios
Another little trick is to spray paint the top label size gently several times. this creates a thickish reflection layer, only really necessary if you can hold the disc up to the monitor or sky and see through it. Poor quality discs tend to be seethru and this can lose laser light instead of bouncing it back at the reader.

Posted 27 July 2016
Bob
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Bob
AndyGStudios

Another little trick is to spray paint the top label size gently several times.

Alternatively, just affix a plain CD label and save youself a shedload of hassle.

Posted 27 July 2016
AndyGStudios
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AndyGStudios
Ya you could do that, but if it's off centre even a fraction at the spin speeds we're talking about it can stress the drive motor, even cause a bit of a wobble, but everythings just a chance at this point. Any way to enhance the reflectivity of the disc top surface is going to improve the drives chances of reading it. Try one, try both, if it works it works - then destroy the disc and burn a new one on better media.

Posted 28 July 2016
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