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How are commercial DVD's burned? [closed]

I'm not talking about the DVD-R's here. When you buy retail software and DVD movies from the store for example, how is that DVD burned onto the original disc? What would I need if I want to burn those ...
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Appending to non re-writable DVD

Can you still burn/write additional files to a used non re-writable DVD? For example, after I burn a 900 MB .iso to a DVD, can I still write additional files to that same DVD in the future?
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Why is desktop.ini “Ready to Be Written to the Disc” of any CD or DVD inserted under Windows 7?

I have a netbook with an external CD/DVD burner running Windows 7 Starter. Whenever I put any CD or DVD (doesn't have to be blank) in the drive and navigate to its path in Windows Explorer, it ...
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Where is the serial number of the DVD/CD writer stored on the CD?

I was reading the Wikileaks FAQ (archived here), it says: Many CD and DVD writers will include the serial number of the DVD or CD writer onto the CD/DVDs they write. If the post is ...
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How to check if a blank DVD is damaged?

Today I burned a DVD, but when I insert it into my external DVD drive I am told that it is blank, but if I try to burn something else on it, it simply gets ejected. The DVD in question is a -R Dual ...
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How do I allocate/split folders optimally to fit on the minimum number of DVDs?

I need a wayto automatically allocate/split selected folders so that each class of folders take the closest value to 4.7 GB (a single layer DVD-R or DVD+R). While doing this, files must remain intact ...
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Does burning an ISO file on a non-rewritable DVD make the DVD read-only?

If I burn an ISO file on a non-rewritable DVD, does the DVD become read-only?
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Is there any way to check the “history” of burned CDs on Win 7?

I was wondering if there is any way to check what files where burned to what CD/DVD from a Windows 7 computer? In other words, is there a log function which records what files where burned to disk? ...
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What does “Power Calibration Area Error” mean when I'm trying to write a DVD

I'm trying to write a Windows 7 DVD iso to a DVD+R, single layer, 4.7GB disk. The source ISO file size is about 2.3GB. The burner is a hp DVD RAM UJ897, while the media is a Sony D31 DVD+R. I tried ...
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Is there a free program to emulate a DVD writer?

I have a Sony P-Series netbook (VGN-P11Z) with no optical drive. It has an option to burn recovery DVDs with an external DVD drive. I don't have an external DVD drive but would like these DVDs just ...
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Can you detect the speed at which an optical disc was burned?

If you have some burned discs that don't work, you might want to find out at what speed they were burned to perhaps try and re-burn at a lower speed. So if you don't know the original burning speed, ...
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Reproducing limited DVD copy protection

For those with experience in the file systems and intricacies of video DVDs I apologize for any ignorance on my part. I just encountered something that got me to thinking, as was hoping someone my be ...
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Free software that will allow me to burn a .mov video directly to DVD

Is there an easy way for me to burn a .mov file to a video DVD without having to convert it? Either a free burning app that's capable or some kind of patch that will allow me to use Windows DVD Maker ...
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(How) can I split the Windows 8 Dev Preview + Dev Tools ISO in 2 DVD's?

I downloaded the W8DP with Developer tools, but it's 4.8 Gb, just to taunt me (as standard capacity DVD's are 4.7 Gb). Is it possible to split it on 2 CD's? Or if not, how would I install it? I ...
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Can my DVD burner write “Dual Layer” disks?

Is there a generic way to find out if a dvd-burner can burn dual layer dvd's without trying and potential waste a disk? Right now it's this drive I'm wondering about but I'd like a solution that ...
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Why isnt the ISO I burned to a DVD bootable?

I downloaded an ISO of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit From Digital River to try to restore a laptop. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to a Memorex DVD and tried to boot the laptop from it using the ...
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How to prevent DVD-R/W “endless reads” with AoA DVD Copy?

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate machine with a DVD-R/W installed. It been working quite reliably – except for now. I'm in the process of copying a series of DVDs using a program called "AoA DVD Copy" ...
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How can I burn many movies to a video DVD?

I once bought a DVD containing four 90-minute-long movies. Now I'm trying to write such a DVD, but don't know how to do it. I tried to use DVD-Flick, but it says the disc is 98% used for a single ...
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How do I close DVDs when burning on Windows 7?

When I burn DVDs using Explorer on Windows 7, there is no option of closing the DVD. This results in some MBs of free space after the DVD has been written (multisession). How do I close the DVD on ...
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DVD/CD burning .zip: is it more reliable, faster, longer lasting to burn a zip of files rather than the files as a folder?

Is it more reliable, faster, longer lasting to burn to CD/DVD a zip (or a few large zips) of files rather than the files as a folder? Just thinking if 1000s of small files would not be as efficiently ...
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Burning DVDs to disk - what audio codec should I pick?

I finally got around to burning all the DVDs to files, so that I can get rid of all the plastic media once and for all. Most DVDs have several audio codecs available (2 channel stereo or 5.1 Dolby). ...
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How does one split a set of files across a set of DVDs?

I have a set of files which total about 12 GB, which I would like to burn to a few DVDs. I could manually try to "bucket" things, but it would be nice if there was a piece of software which could put ...
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DVD authoring software that makes menus automatically (using filenames in menus)?

I often grab handfuls of .mpg or .avi movies and burn them to playable DVDs. I like having DVD menus, but I don't really need them to say anything beyond what's in the filename. Right now I'm using ...
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Installing SATA dvd burner on machine with no spare SATA ports/connectors

I have the following motherboard Tyan Thunder K8WE S2895A2NRF ...
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Hardware error while burning DVD

I have Windows 7 and a Sony Vaio VPCSA but I never could write a DVD. I can write a CD but when I try to write a DVD with Nero it just fails with a hardware error. I bought new blank DVD+R and still ...
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growisofs warnings when writing to Blu-ray Dual Layer discs

I'm archiving my media collection onto BD-R Dual Layer discs but keep getting the following IO errors at the end of the writing process (usually > 95% complete) : :-[ WRITE@LBA=168e800h failed with ...
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If a DVD burning gets canceled halfway through, can it still be burned later?

Is it still usable? This is a DVD+R if it matters.
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How to get an external DVD drive to work?

I've bought an external DVD reader (Samsung, USB Slim Portable Optical Drive). But, it couldn't read CDs/DVDs on my PC. When I tried in another PC, it's okay. What's wrong with my PC? The OS is ...
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If I burn a dvd with files on mac, is it going to be readable on another systems?

I don't want to burn a DVD with files that is only going to be read by newer Windows versions, and not by a Linux box. Can I trust on Mac's bultin DVD recorder in Finder in creating fully compatible ...
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How can I speed up dvd burning/encoding in windows dvd maker?

I'm using windows DVD maker to burn a DVD so it can be played on my DVD player. However, its taking a very long time in the encoding phase (over an hour). Is there any way to speed it up? Edit ...
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Create a DVD from a .wmv keeping quality

I'm trying to create a DVD from a .wmv file. It is very important to keep the current .wmv's quality when the DVD is created. I'm sure ffmpeg --as almighty as it is-- can do the job. Right know I'm ...
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Difference between white and silver printable CD/DVD by Verbatim

Are the silver ones exclusively for thermal printing and the white ones for inkjet printing ? Or is there a silver type for inkjet as well ? Do you have photos of both type after printing ? I've never ...
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How can I create my own copy-protected DVDs?

I'm giving out a collection of PDFs to some people on DVD, so I'd like to burn them so that they can't make copies (or at least not too easily). Are there any applications or guides that will help me ...
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Free commandline CD/DVD burner for Windows working without installation

I'm looking for a freeware CD/DVD, command-line burner for Windows without installation requirement. Found CommandBurner, but unfortunately it needs to be installed. Is there any portable alternative? ...
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LG GH22NS50 Super Multi DVD Writer doesn't read DVD-R dvd's

I have my old data on backups now these are atleast 2-3 years old and we used to use DVD-R disks then, I burn using Nero and always verify my disks after burning. Now I have a new LG GH22NS50 Super ...
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How to burn DVD/Blu-Ray disk with copy protection

I've created video studying material for my students and would like to know if it's possible to burn my disks with basic copy protection. I realize that it will be possible to copy them anyway if one ...
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Writing content of two CDs into a DVD

I have a movie, which is split in twice, because the source was 2 cd's. This movie has also subtitles(2 str files), which are synchronised. I wish to put this movie, on a dvd and I don't know which ...
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Need to recover data from a poorly burnt 8.5GB dual-layer DVD - Cannot copy half the data from the disc

Synopsis: I had a series of backup CDs that I had burnt some time ago. In order to consolidate the many discs I copied them all to my hard drive in separate folders, compressed them into .RARs (at ...
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Software for burning multiple dvds when 1 dvd is not big enough

Consider the scenario where one has 10Gb of pictures they want to backup to DVD. Obviously, this will not fit on one DVD. However, 3 DVDs would do the trick just fine. Is there software that will ...
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How to use DVD+RW (UDF) both in windows and linux?

I have dvd+rw disk. I would like to create UDF file system on it to use with windows 7 (and newer) and gentoo both. How must I prepare media and what commands should use to mount it in linux? What I ...
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Increase USB time-out for Windows 8?

PREFACE: Sony's web site states clearly that the DRX-840U is a plug-and-play device that Windows should recognize and because of this, there are no downloadable drivers available for the drive. I ...
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How to create a virtual video CD/DVD

Let's say I have a video file in AVI or MPEG format. I want to make a video CD (or DVD) for that video file (not data CD/DVD). But I don't want to burn a real CD -- I want to make a virtual video CD, ...
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Are there any downsides to leaving a DVD “open” after burning?

When burning a DVD, all the programs have an options to "leave the DVD open", so that files can be further added to the disc. Are there any downsides to that? In other words: what are the reasons I ...
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DVD shows empty after burn is complete

I burn data on DVD-R. The burning process goes well and at the end I get the message that it was successful. But when I insert the burned DVD it shows nothing, used space - 0 bytes, free space - 0 ...
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How to burn an MKV file with subtitles to DVD?

I have a DVD disc with an mkv file and the corresponding subtitles (.srt) If I insert the DVD in a PC, all works ok. But if I insert the DVD in a regular DVD player, I see invalid disk. How should ...
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Burners freezing the PC when starting to write lead-in

I am having trouble with two new Pioneer DVR-219L dual layer burners. I replaced my old burners with these. Both are attached by SATA. The burners seem okay burning CDs and normal DVDs, but when ...
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What kind of blank DVDs do I need for my specific burner?

I just bought a new computer, here is a link to the DVD burner: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM This is my first DVD burner, I've always just burned CD's which only ...
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DVD re-writable problem?

I copied 3.62 GB of data on to a re-writable DVD instead of erasing it. Now there is no data on the disc but it shows used space as 3.62 GB and 690 MB of free space. Now I am unable to erase my disc. ...
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Can i boot my laptop with external dvd writer?

My Laptop DVD writer is not reading drives any more, so I thought rather than buying a new internal, I should get new external writer. The only thing I will be using that is to boot the Laptop or PC ...
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burning DVD freezes computer

On an Ubuntu 10.04 machine, with an LG model GH22NS40 optical drive connected on an Intel 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 4-port SATA IDE Controller, with a P5E WS Pro motherboard, burning an ISO file to ...