DVD is an optical disc storage media format, invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Time Warner in 1995.

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dvd drive stopped working in windows 8 64 bit

I have a lenovo ideapad y510p windows 8 64 bit for one year. The optical drive is a matshita dvd ram uj8db by panasonic with the latest driver installed It suddenly stopped reading cds and dvds. ...
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linux - Burn bootable dvd

I try to burn a bootable dvd for linux mint mate 17.1. I tried 3 tools: Braseo (ubuntu/mint) windows disk image burner (win7) Nero (a tool for windows) Only the image burned by Nero succeed to ...
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Use the 'fresh' / unused area of a rewritable DVD?

When re-using a rewritable DVD, I want to use the unused area of the disc. So for example, when I burn a 1 GB Linux distro onto a rewritable DVD, and then burn other distro(s) onto the same DVD, it ...
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Manage CD/DVD access on small Windows network

I have a small Server2008/Win7 network and I want to restrict CD/DVD access for all but one of my users. I set the below GPO, but is there a way I can I give one specific user access to the CD/DVD ...
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Windows 7 installation disc fails to boot properly on UEFI

Whenever I try to install Windows 7 onto my laptop, the boot process simply stops and hangs at the boot splash. No error is given, and the splash continues to animate. However, it never progresses ...
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How to ensure an external DVD drive will receive sufficient power from a USB port - before purchase [closed]

There are various external USB drives, some require external power supplies, some have optional external power supplies, some have 2 USB plugs, 1 for power and 1 for power + data. If I have a device ...
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Unable to boot from Windows Vista DVD on Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop doesn't boot from Windows Vista Reinstallation DVD provided by Dell itself. This is an old laptop and I plan to resell it. So I boot from an Ubuntu LiveUSB and do a full ...
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Application not found if clicking empty DVD disk icon

Should Windows 8.1 display window to place files if double-clicking CD disk icon? My box does not. It shows absurd "Application not found" message. How to fix?
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Minimum space to allocate for UDF headers?

Context: I'm using truncate to create a blank image file and udftools to create the UDF file system on it, to subsequently burn to optical media. I know the total size of all the files I want to add ...
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Is price and brand the only way for a consumer to measure quality of blank optical media? [closed]

Spools of blank optical media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays) sell at a variety of prices and under an assortment of brands. Is recognizing a brand and seeing a more expensive price the only way for a consumer ...
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Creating a UEFI-Bootable Linux Live DVD using Windows-8.1

I am (temporarily, I hope) using a Windows 8.1 notebook. As soon as I can replace my doorstop desktop, I want to get back to Ubuntu Linux. And, meanwhile, I would like to run from a live Linux DVD. ...
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Proper DVD rip for serving via UPnP

I am a happy user of minidlna (version 1.0.24) on an old Mac Mini G4. It does work quite well in my environment. Since minidlna does not allow transcoding, I would like to rip a set of DVDs (mostly ...
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Windows 8.1 Professional DVD only installs Windows 8.1 Standard

I've just bought a genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Full Version DVD with COA and Key I'm installing the software on a blank formatted hard drive, but when it's finished its only installed ...
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Asus uefi bios is not detecting the bootable disk

i bought a new asus b85mg mobo and processor for my new build ... but i used my old hard drive, so that i dont have to backup my files or add a new os to it .. but after a sudden restart .. the ...
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Why do DVDs work even when they vibrate?

This is a hardware question: DVD writers and players all vibrate a little, presumably because the media is not perfectly balanced. All I know is that the raw information on the drive is coded in such ...
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How to boot from DVD Lenovo W540

I have a Lenovo W540 laptop currently running windows 8.1. I have burned an ISO image of a linux-based OS onto a DVD-R using the Mastered burn type (not live file system). I cannot figure out how to ...
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Samsung SH-S202J (DVD recorder) “dead” after firmware update

I'm having a problem with my DVD-rom recorder; it's the Samsung's Super Write Master (model SH-S202J), and, after trying to update its firmware, it doesn't work anymore. The update went just fine, ...
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My laptop CD-DVD disc drive(reader) not displayed in “My Computer” and does not open when try to open

I have used my DELL 3521 laptop running on Windows 8 Professional for 1 year now. But it stopped showing CD-DVD reader in My Computer (on pressing WINDOWS+E). It is not working. I don't know what ...
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'This DVD-ROM drive is read-only' but it truly is not? (Windows 8.1)

I've 2 kinds of blank DVD-RWs: Sony hereafter abbreviated as S, and Memorex hereafter abbreviated as M. Everything in this question was performed on the same computer and DVD drive. When I tried to ...
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ASUS x551ma wont boot from DVD-ROM, when chosen in BIOS

I have gone through stages of ensuring that FAST START option in WIN-8 was disbled, to restarting and going into BIOS via F2, then choosing all fast boot options were disabled, then to BOOT ORDER. ...
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Windows 7 back up DVD's

I have a laptop running on windows 7 home basic. It got infected with viruses and i'd like to re-install windows 7. When i bought this laptop 4 years ago,i did not know much about computers and I made ...
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Creating bootable CD/DVD :: need explanation about the boot information (*.bif) files

Trying to install the GPARTED tool as a bootable DVD with powerISO. The instruction points out that I should verify that the disk is bootable - it's not. I should add the boot information (*bif) ...
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Converting DVD subtitles to text

I want to convert image-based subtitles (dvd_subtitle) to text-based subtitles (mov_text). I'm on OS X and would strongly prefer to use a free command-line based tool. My source data is either a DVD ...
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Replacing DVD with an SSD in an HP Pavilion-dv6 laptop?

I have a laptop HP Pavilion dv6-1149wm Entertainment PC, I'd like to replace the DVD writer, with an SSD, but I am wondering which adapter can fit, is this CADDY Adapter relevant for this?
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How to write DVD from bootable pen drive

I have a bootable USB pen drive which has bootable Ubuntu. Now I want to write to a DVD from the pen drive. How can I do this? Please explain it, so that I can save the software for future.
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DVD ROM keeps spining at random times

My dvd rom tries to read disk at random moments while I don't actually use it. I even disabled it in BIOS but no help. How to disable dvd rom permanently? What causes this behavior? I can't ...
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DVD Drive detected by BIOS, but lost by Windows 8

This Windows 8 computer has had this DVD Drive installed for 2 years. Now it no longer shows up in Windows. Neither Device Manager nor Disk Manager can detect it. But the BIOS clearly shows it ...
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Can't get LG BH16NS40 to play Blu-Ray

I have an LG BH16NS40 internal DVD/Blu-Ray player, but I cannot get it to play Blu-Rays. I have updated it to the latest firmware. It came with some "CyberLink" software but I uninstalled it because ...
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How to reduce the size of windows OS Iso file?

I have an Iso file of windows 8.1 pro with December '14 updates. The problem is the file is too big to be burned on a normal 4.7GB DVD , its around 4.8. Now is it possible to remove a few updates so ...
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customizing mkisofs as cross-platform as possible

I have a relatively large archive from which my students would select files to create iso images, which they take home on their pen drives to burn their own DVDs. In order to make the process as ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad N580 - Windows 7 - Optiarc DVD RW AD-7740H

I recently formatted my IdeaPad N580 laptop, it came with Windows 8 installed and i downgraded to Windows 7, the Optiarc DVD RW device stopped working, more specifically it "works" but the drivers are ...
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Computer not reading OS-disks

My computer is a mess and I want to reformat it (it's a win 7 installation). I have a dvd that I know has a working copy of windows (I can open the setup on another computer). However, in the computer ...
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What font does Notepad++ use to display windows arabic in windows-1256 characters?

I’m trying to display closed captioning on the movie "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks. I went to a website that has subtitles for the movie in .srt format and downloaded them. I added them to VLC media ...
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Operation Failed when burning on Astroburn Lite

I was trying to burn my windows 8 (legit) iso file to my DVD - RW because my Original DVD was lost. and i don't know where to find it. I usually use Astroburner to burn an ISO file to my DVD. When i ...
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Laptop won't boot to either the CD/DVD or to a USB Flash Drive

Update: Apparently Diskpart should display unused usb ports as well as the DVD/CD player. Mine doesn't. All I can see here is the laptop hard drive. I'm suspecting this is a more serious issue ...
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Burn movies to CD's that will play on a standard DVD? [duplicate]

Is this possible? My memory is a little foggy, but I believe I've done this in the past. I'm not sure if it can be done with all dvd players. How can it be done?
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Install linux on computer that can't boot from USB, but no CD/DVD available

I have a computer (A) that I want to install linux on. The bios on A does not recognize "booting from USB". I do not have access to a CD or DVD to create a boot disc. I do however have access to other ...
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Replacing DVD-ROM with SSD on a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop

I use a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop and I want to replace the DVD-ROM with a SSD using an adapter something like this But I don't know if it will support placing an SSD or not since I don't know if the ...
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Recover data from a Samsung DVD recorder's hard drive

I have a Samsung DVD recorder: I want to recover data from its hard disk. I need to buy a SATA-to-USB adapter and connect the hard drive to power then to USB and mount it on my PC. I have done data ...
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How to rip a DVD with multiple titles into a single MKV

I have a digital backup of a concert DVD consisting of several VOB files and on that DVD each title corresponds to an individual song. When i tried to convert it to an MKV with Handbrake i could only ...
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What H.264/H.265 video compression parameters provide DVD-equivalent quality with better compression?

I have got a box of DVD video disks that I seek to get rid of while I'd like to keep the videos by converting them into MP4 files to store them on a hard drive. Considering superiority of the modern ...
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How to connect a internal DVD writer to PC via USB Adapater

I would like to know if I can connect my internal DVD writter to PC using a USB adapter. Myproblem is that I have a old computer and have a IDE DVD writer. I want that to be connected to my laptop ...
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Installing Linux on a laptop whose DVD drive and usb drives do not work

I have an old Fujistu Siemens laptop that I do not want to throw away. It came with windows XP which currently are not working properly. I want to install a lightweight Linux distro on it to bring it ...
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Windows 8 won't burn DVD anymore but reads DVD

The title says everything. My laptop does not recognize empty DVD anymore, but has no problem with DVD with movies or data on it. I am using Windows 8.1 on a Sony Vaio svf1521r6ew
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CD/DVD drive will not read discs after Windows 8/8.1 upgrade

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with Windows 8.1 and HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT20F disk drive and when I upgraded from Windows 7, the drive stopped playing music and movies from CD/DVD's. I checked ...
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What is the purpose of this 4 pin cable with 3 wires that came with an old IDE DVD-ROM drive?

Stumbled on this cable today, it has 4 pins, of which only three are actually in use. It was found with a quick installation guide of an old DVD-ROM IDE drive and nothing else except some screws, so ...
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How can I backup a movie DVD with a good quality, and keep the menu structure?

I'm backing up my DVD movie collection in a portable HDD, both to have a better access to them, and preserve it over time (I've experienced some problems when reading some of them, luckily after ...
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How to spilt a bootable linux distro iso file onto multiple dvds or cds?

I have customized a centOS distro , by including some packages such as VLC,eclipse etc. but now the size of distro exceeds 7.42 gb. I want to : split the large distro iso into multiple small iso ...
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Identify Blank CDs an DVDs

I have Two identical spindles full of blank disks (light scribe CD-R en DVD-R). How do I figure out what spindle has DVDs and which has CDs. It is light scribe disc so they are have no writing on.
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How can I burn a .mkv larger than 5GB on multiple DVD's without losing any quality?

How can I burn a .mkv larger than 5GB on multiple DVD's without losing any quality? I don't want to zip them and then unzip them when I want to play the video. I just want it to get split into parts ...