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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
2k views

Windows 8 bootable disc

My friend given a non bootable dvd with Files Setup fileAutorun filebootmgrbootmgr.efi etc Folders Boot Sources Support efi I am using XP. I used Burnaware and converted to .iso file, and by ...
2
votes
0answers
593 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
121 views

PC wont boot from cd/dvd drive

I'm having an issue with booting win xp cd drive. I have tried with 2 different drives and different cables, and more bootable cds. Booting process skips part when message "press any key to boot from ...
1
vote
3answers
6k views

Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
0
votes
2answers
243 views

How do I tell if my drive has a BD/DVD/CD-Compatible optical pickup unit?

I'd like to import Ghost in the Shell: Arise from Japan. I only have a DVD drive, but the disc is a Blu-Ray optical disc. However, I am told that this optical disk is "backwards compatible" with a ...
0
votes
1answer
740 views

VLC Media Player - Extremely long delays before some DVDs play / show any menu

With some DVDs there's a long delay before a movie begins. No menus, nothing. With a couple of movies it's an extremely long delay (For example Hollow Man finally shows a menu after about 7.5 minutes ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Windows 7 can't read DVDs after IT department revoked, then regranted “RemovableStorageDevices”

Problem After my IT department revoked - then re-granted - permission to use "Mass Storage Devices", my laptop's optical drive can no longer read DVDs or CDs. However, it appears to be able to write ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Analyze corrupt .mpg movie, then repair

I was given a .mpg movie that is on a DVD and errors out in Windows Media Player. This movie is worth about $7000 (if need to re-shot), due to it being taken by a remote camera that was inspecting ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

How can I see the hidden data of a bootable CD/DVD media?

I have this bootable DVD that holds a recovery program. When I insert the disc in Windows I can only read the label of the disc. When I try to explore the contents I don't see anything. But when I ...
1
vote
1answer
160 views

I cannot play a DVD in Fedora 18 despite a ton of research and terminal time.

Help! I have tried everything I can think of. I've done a ton of research and installed a lot of stuff via terminal and I cannot figure out how to get a DVD to play in Fedora 18. I've installed ...
0
votes
1answer
255 views

Copying windows installation cd to iso on ubuntu

I saw from another post how to do this: by using cat cat /dev/s > /z/windows7.iso When I tried it it goes partially then gets cat /dev/sr0: Input/Output Error This happens at about 20% ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Windows 7 seeing DVD burner as CD-ROM drive

This is driving me crazy. This is a homebuilt system that's been running for about 6 months. I've got a lite-on IHAS124-04 DVD burner that up until now I haven't used to burn DVD's. Never needed to ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Creating a bootable USB drive from a distro split over two DVD ISOs

I am searching and not finding the right way to do this. Please note, I don't think I'm trying for anything strange here. I just want to make a bootable USB stick of a single OS that happens to be ...
3
votes
1answer
880 views

DVD drive disappears if I insert a disc, but will read the same disc if it was there at boot

I have a very odd problem. If I insert a disc in my dvd burner that is blank, I can burn it. If I insert a disc that has info on it, while Windows 7 64 bit, ultimate is on, it will disconnect the ...
0
votes
0answers
103 views

CD-ROM drive making “tzu tzu” sounds when locating files?

My Acer Aspire 4937G is making weird sounds whenever I try to browse files from a CD-ROM using windows explorer. For example, it will go "tzuuu tzuuuu" whenever I click on a file or folder. I have ...
0
votes
2answers
460 views

HP EliteBook 8470p laptop's DVD drive spins up periodically when the DVD drive is empty

I recently got an HP EliteBook 8470p with Windows 7, and the DVD drive (HP DVD A DS8A9SH) spins up briefly at some interval, maybe a minute, as if something is checking if a DVD is present or similar. ...
1
vote
4answers
246 views

Can't make an iso of burned DVD-R

I've got problem while trying to open burned DVD-R, I even can't to make an iso image of it within dd - after making iso image, I've tried to mount them: mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt -o ...
0
votes
2answers
467 views

Why do the VOB files of a DVD have the same size but different play length?

To prove my point I made a screen-shot: My 2nd question: In order to email the content of the DVD to someone so that he/she can just watch the entire video (with audio) of the DVD, do I need to ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I verify the reliability/integrity of a DVD in (hardware or software)?

I am looking for a hardware or software solution that can verify DVD media for reliability. The media in question can be a commercially available movie or game. Basically I want to check if the media ...
0
votes
1answer
409 views

Windows 8, Media Player, K-lite 9.9 (Full) Using Pay to function

I have K-lite installed and I can now view the SRT file Subtitles with the movie in Windows 8 media player. When I use play to to send the video to my wireless DVD payer the subtitles don't show. ...
1
vote
1answer
150 views

extracting tar files split over multiple dvd's

If I have a bziped tar file split over multiple dvd's what's the best way of extracting it without creating a lot of intermediate files? I don't want to first copy all the archive parts to an ...
0
votes
2answers
620 views

ripping interlaced video to 60fps (frames per second)

It would appear that Broadcast Television is often 1080i30 (60 fields/s), and non-movie DVDs (example, instructional or TV shows) are 60fields/s as well, at some lower resolution (480i?) However, ...
0
votes
0answers
63 views

Strange happening with DVD drive in fedora

Strange things are happening! The DVD drive installed on my machine is behaving strangely with some discs that have been burned on a university Windows machines. The files were different, but ...
-1
votes
2answers
230 views

what to choose for backup: HDD or DVD [closed]

I want to backup my photos and I would like to know which is the better media to store them. I would prefer to store them on an HDD because of the space, but I don't know who has a better lifetime.
0
votes
2answers
75 views

Windows 7 doesn't see DVD drive

I have a computer where was Windows XP installed, and everything was working fine. I've recentrly reinstalled there Windows 7 - and there no sing of DVD drive in the system. It is shown in POST ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How to check quality of CD/DVD before burning?

I recently bought a couple of DVDs to burn but majority of them turned as faulty DVDs. I came to know when the DVDs were not able to burn the data into them. Hence Is there a way by which I can check ...
0
votes
2answers
344 views

Ripping DVD's for iTunes and 5.1 sound

I have spent the past few days trying to find a solution here. I want all my DVD's on my pc so as my DVD's can stay new and scratch free. I started out with the trial of DVDfab. Things seemed to be ...
0
votes
0answers
537 views

my dell inspiron won't play region 1 dvd's

i don't remember when i first started having this problem, but it's been a few years. i also can't remember if it's always been an issue or if i was originally able to watch dvd's on this laptop & ...
1
vote
3answers
272 views

Can I make a CD or DVD to install Microsoft updates?

Say I'm setting up (brand new) multilple PCs at one time and I don't have enough ethernet ports to hook them all up to the internet at once, is it possible to create a CD/DVD of updates that I could ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Installing Windows 7 on HP Pavilion dv5

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on my HP Pavilion dv5 laptop but to no avail. The procedure I'm following is this: Insert the Windows 7 DVD into my CD/DVD ROM. Pressing F9 to execute the bootable ...
1
vote
0answers
287 views

Why does remuxing a VOB fix freezing issues?

I am currently transcoding video data from a Video DVD to x264 MP4 files, but the original MPEG-2 streams seem to have some strange problems. This video DVD is of a home-made digital TV recording ...
-1
votes
2answers
401 views

How to Read Old DVDs? [closed]

I'm wondering what should I do to read old DVD-R disk written 3-10 years ago. I have to put my old data archive to a hard disk. I've tried several DVD-drives, but none of them helped me with this ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

VideoLAN settings for iPhone/iPad [duplicate]

What are VideoLAN settings to convert a DVD for playback on iPhone/iPad?
-2
votes
2answers
713 views

Why DVD writers only have 24x write speed? [closed]

I remember CD writers get's twice the speed, now it seems DVD writers can only do up to 24x write speed if internal, and just 8x if it's a portable writer. It's been years since and it seems stuck on ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

How to boot into a root filesystem stored as partition image file on a bootable DVD?

I have created a bootable CD from a USB stick (built from Ubuntu core 12.04 according to this example) by copying the files of the USB stick's boot partition (containing vmlinuz and initrd.img) into ...
0
votes
1answer
148 views

How to transfer a USB bootable ubuntu system to a bootable DVD

I've built a USB bootable 1.5G system derived from Ubuntu core (along the lines of this example). It boots using syslinux on most of our Intel hardware. Intel iMacs are an exception (grub EFI with GPT ...
1
vote
1answer
420 views

DVD Rom doesn't read bootable DVDs

I am using an ASUS K50l with a windows 7 home premium. My DVD Rom reads DVDs normally, a bit laggy but does its job. However when it comes to bootable disks it identifies them as blank DVDs. Is there ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

DVD/CD driver missing during Windows 7 install

I have an Optiplex GX620 that I'm trying to install Windows 7 Pro 64bit on. I've attempted to do so using a DVD and a flash drive (with the DVD/CD drive completely disconnected. In both cases I get ...
1
vote
1answer
234 views

Is there a way to re-encode video files ripped by Handbrake to add iPod 5G support?

Handbrake has an option for iPod 5G support. But I have some video files I ripped without checking that option. Can I use ffmpeg or Handbrake to re-encode those files without having to re-rip from ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

Create DVDs from squared pixel videos without losing definition

I have to create a couple of DVDs using a bunch of videos that are already created. These videos have all the following specifications: Resolution: 1280 x 720 Format: .mov (I believe using de H.264 ...
1
vote
2answers
415 views

Image is too big for DVD, even though the image is small enough?

I am trying to burn an ISO image to a DVD. The DVD is supposed to store 4.7 GB, but when I try to burn the image to it, Windows says the DVD is too small. The image is 4.51 GB big, and uses 4.51 GB ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Do hard drives need a GUID partition table (GPT) to boot in UEFI mode?

Is EFI booting something hardware specific? I have a desktop motherboard with a UEFI Bios, but I can only boot from USB drives in "UEFI" mode. Both the DVD drive and the HDD's (a RAID 0 array) boot ...
0
votes
2answers
261 views

Does CD/DVD Writer get worn out over time?

I have a CD/DVD writer bought about 3 years ago. While I was able to burn any discs without issues previously, now it's having a hard time burning discs even at the lowest settings. Does the laser ...
-1
votes
1answer
10k views

How can I make this 32-bit program run on my 64-bit?

I have an old disc that contains a program which was made for Windows 95. I tried to install it on my Windows 7 64-bit system and it gives me this error: "The version of this file is not compatible ...
11
votes
2answers
4k views

How to find out when a disc (DVD) has been written/burned?

Is there a way/tool to determine the date and time when a disc has been written/burned with high certainty? This is about data forensics and should be a solid proof. I already tried IsoBuster, but it ...
0
votes
1answer
161 views

A DVD autostarts on my laptop and runs but not on my desktop

I have a DVD compatible drive on both my desktop and laptop. When I insert the DVD into my laptop, it recognizes it automatically and through clear.fi, plays the DVD. When I put the same DVD in my ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

How do I copy a the OS X DVD that came with my Mac using a Windows machine?

Even with a clean install of Mountain Lion on an internal SSD, 8 GB of RAM, saving the ISO image to the internal SSD and two different brands (Verbatim & Titan) of unused dual layer DVD+R discs, ...
4
votes
1answer
128 views

reorder sectors on a block device?

I'm considering backing up some data to DVDs/BDs. (I know about DVDisaster.) I've read somewhere that the outer sectors on a DVD are more likely to wear down than the inner ones. This suggests that ...
34
votes
8answers
2k views

Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?

I was thinking about the fact that in the last years I have never seen CDs and DVDs supporting writing/reading speeds higher than 52X and 16X, respectively. Is this a commercial choice (i.e. ...
2
votes
1answer
717 views

How to convert a CD/DVD to ISO using cmd.exe?

Is it possible to convert a CD/DVD to an ISO file using cmd.exe and if so, how? I can think of using dd if=/dev/cdrom of=cdrom_image.iso with Linux systems, but in Windows?