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

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Merge 3 ISO file segments into 1 complete ISO file

I need to merge 3 ISO files from Dell website and they state the following: Download all ISO file segments into an empty subdirectory on your local hard drive. After you have downloaded all ...
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My NoteBook wont read my CD-R

Windows 8.1 HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT51N (Hardware of my CD/DVD reader?... ) First time attempting to run a CD-R in this laptop when it suddenly asked to burn in to a DVD or USB. I accidentally pressed burn ...
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Unable to play specific DVD movie discs that work fine on another device

I've got a bit of a strange problem. Just recently purchased Season 4 of Lost from Amazon and when I tried to play it on my laptop it will not play. VLC shows "00:00" with a blue background, Windows ...
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How to unmount dvd (external usb) via eject button on device?

I have an problem with my external usb Dvd-Drive. Everything works fine, the mount works, unmount or eject via shell works. But if I press the eject button on the device it just eject the dvd but does ...
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How is it possible that a 4.5gb DVD claims 415gb of contents?

I am copying a 4.7 GB dvd contents into my local drive but the total size of DVD is being shown as 415 GB!. How is that possible? Because of which it is showing less space (as my drive is of 150 GB) ...
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Hiding DVD / CD - RW files from CMD [on hold]

I am trying to change attributes of files in my DVD by using the command attrib, but "Access denied" occurs every time I do so. I am using DVD-R and DVD-RW.
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Disc drive doesn't read DVDs anymore

The disc drive in my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 17R, about 1.5 years old) won't read DVDs anymore. The drive spins up several times as if attempting to read it but gives up about 2 seconds later every ...
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Thinkpad hotswap second ssd

I have a Thinkpad T520 with 2 SSDs. One is installed in the internal bay and the other in a hdd caddy. Sometimes I want to use the DVD drive. Would it be safe to swap the 2nd SSD with the DVD drive ...
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Install Linux based Operating System on Old Computer With Slow DVD Drive

I currently have an old IBM ThinkPad, this laptop has 512mb ram and a Pentium III processor. I have decided to install Linux onto it, and the specific version of Linux I am going with is lxle, ...
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How to properly extract the content of multisession CD/DVDs?

When I was 11 years old or so, I made copies of my Web 0.9 websites onto CDs among other original content. Now I'm 25 years old, I had forgotten about the CDs and the content still has sentimental ...
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Burn the CD or DVD for one time use

I want to burn the CD or DVD for one-time use, that is - CD or DVD copy protection, like CD to CD or CD to hard disc copy protection. The CD has a setup. After setup process is finished the setup ...
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Windows 7 doesn't recognize DVD drive

I reinstalled Windows 7 (x64) because DVD drive stoped being recognized. At first it worked, I even got to burn a dvd. Some time later it misteriously dissapeared again. This question has been asked ...
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Trouble installing windows (USB, DVD & Windows Upgrade)

strong texti've been having lots of trouble installing Windows 8.1 on my ideapad z710 laptop, so here's what i did.. i downloaded a Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO from ...
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Difference between ISO, MDS & BIN/CUE disk image formats?

What is the difference between these major disk image formats? Are there any specific advantages / disadvantages for any of them?
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Use an old laptop SATA DVD drive with a USB to SATA adapter?

I have an old laptop DVD drive, which I want to use as an external DVD drive. I'd like to use it with an adapter cable like this: Two questions: My DVD drive's sticker says that it needs 1.5 ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …? [closed]

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 ...
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MPlayer Extended rev. 15 won't play some video_ts files under OS X

My MPlayer Extended rev. 15 won't play some video_ts files under OS X. I put in one DVD which played fine when I opened the video_ts file, but it isn't working for any of my other dvds. I open the ...
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How to play an original DVD (.VOB file) in VLC after copying it to my PC?

I have copied an entire DVD to my PC but when I try to play it in VLC it does not play perfectly and sticks every time. When it is played directly i.e. from the disc, it is played perfectly but in ...
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How to play an original dvd (.vob file) in VLC?

When I play an original DVD in VLC, it does not play properly. i.e. it sticks too much, while on the other hand it plays smoothly in Windows Media Player (though it doesn't allow seeking). The video ...
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Could a bad SATA data cable on a DVD drive cause issues with programs that don't access the drive in Windows 8.1?

I had a very strange issue and solution on one of our Windows 8.1 workstations, and I can’t figure out how my solution would have fixed the problem. This is the workstation: Windows 8.1 x64 AMD ...
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Forensic DVD-R data

Forensically speaking, is there a way to read metadata, user profile, computer, or burning info on a DVD-R? I need to discover more about who made an illegal copy of a movie... Is this something ...
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Why can't CDs/DVDs be partitioned?

Nearly everywhere it's written that it's not possible.. But why? Why can't I dump a GPT/MBR partition table in the first sector? Basically dump a disk layout with sector size 2048... Now I'm sure ...
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HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT20F won't play CD/DVDs but Device Manager doesn't detect problems

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT20F and whenever I insert a working CD or DVD, it won't show or play any CDs or DVDs that I put there. When I open Device Manager, it ...
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What is the difference between Burning via Data Size over Time Duration

Assume i have 2 Video Files, both 20 minutes long, both same format. one is 2 GB (File A) and one is 200 MB (File B) because it's been heavily compressed. Now if i remember correctly i can burn 120 ...
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How can I create a bootable DVD iso from a USB drive?

There seems to be a lot of questions / answers about doing the reverse, but not as much info for USB -> DVD. Problem I created a bootable USB drive using YUMI. The USB drive is working great, and ...
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Update Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder

When I see Technical Information for Windows media player. I can see information about Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder (msmpeg2vdec.dll). In some machines I see version as 12.0.9200.16426 and some ...
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How do I build an mplayer playlist that spans two DVDs?

I can build a playlist that spans a single DVD pretty easily like mplayer -dvd-device /dev/sr0 dvd://{7..12} But if I want the playlist to span multiple DVDs, the obvious idea mplayer -dvd-device ...
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VMWare Workstation can't read CD/DVD drive

A fresh install of VMWare Workstation 7 (7.1.1 build 282343) on Windows 7 64 bit. When I try to read a CD/DVD from a guest (either to install a fresh guest or to read a CD within an existing VM I get ...
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DVD R/RW Drive Would only read CDs not DVDs

My laptop has a Matshita uj8b1as DVD/r/RW drive, and recently it started refusing to read data from DVDs, I thought there was something wrong with the setting of the software so I reinstalled Windows ...
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A disk is stuck in my slot-loading Dell Studio Hybrid. How can I get it out?

The slot-loading optical drive in my Dell Studio Hybrid has been acting up. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it churns and makes some unpleasant sounds. Now I can't even get it to eject the disc ...
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How to shorten CD/DVD spin down time?

In Windows XP, a tool like "Nero DriveSpeed" was capable of modifying the amount of time a CD / DVD drive leaves a disk spinning before it halts it (it was also possible to modify the maximum spinning ...
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To finalize or not to finalize disk when burning CD/DVDs

What is the point of finalizing CD/DVDs from user's point of view? First of all does it have any impact on reliability of media or it's just a way to ensure that the content of the disk cannot be ...
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Is it safe to use letters A and B for drives? [duplicate]

My computer (a modern one, with Windows 8.1) is equipped with a DVD drive and a SD card reader. I'm considering assigning letters A and B to DVD and card reader. I know well that those letters were ...
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Can I be sure that files copied from a DVD are not corrupted?

I'm about to move a lot (like 100) of old backups made on DVDs to my new NAS. The procedure I will use is simply: put a DVD in my Windows 7 PC, move its content to the NAS, repeat with next DVD. If ...
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How can I copy a DVD to another DVD using a single DVD drive?

I need to copy a DVD to another DVD, but I have only a single DVD drive. How can I accomplish this? I tried copying files to the desktop and then to another DVD. It didn't work out.
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How do I configure Linux Iso-Image as bootable Thin-Client DVD

I have to find a solution for the special needs of my company and now i getting struggle, i have the following problem. The order: Create a bootable Linux DVD with special RDP settings. We have many ...
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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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Is there a way to rip DVDs & CDs on headless CentOS box?

Has anyone set up headless DVD & CD ripping on a CentOS box? I’ve seen a few posts and threads about other operating systems, but nothing about CentOS / Fedora / Red Hat, and nothing recent. I’d ...
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How to create video file from DVD

I want to take the DVD video slideshow that I got from my wedding photographer, and put the video on youtube (I have permission, I made sure to get the non-exclusive rights to use anything she created ...
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How can I copy files from a scratched CD/DVD?

I have so far tried the following software solutions without success. Windows Explorer Copy (default) TeraCopy Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Unstoppable Copier stops copying as a whole, it keeps ...
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How can I get audio when I speed up playback of a DVD in Windows Media Player?

In Windows Media Player there's an option Enhancements->Play Speed Settings which lets you change the playback speed. When playing audio files (mp3 etc) it works fine and does pitch correction etc. ...
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Create DVD from MP4 using FFMPEG?

I want to convert an MP4 video into a DVD using a Linux-based process such as FFMPEG. Currently we're using Nero to burn MP4 to DVD video, but I want to automate the process as much as possible. When ...
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DVD drive seems to spin at a high speed with no disk inside - But CPU fan is the culprit, because of CPU high temperature

I am using Windows 7 (x64) and my DVD drive starts spinning slowly, then goes faster and keeps running so for tens of minutes: exactly the same behaviour as to normally use a disk, but with no disk! ...
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Cannot install windows on a wiped drive

About a week or two ago I was on my laptop with Windows 7 (That I installed with a cd) When it dropped. After dropping the Hard drive I could not find anything on the disk or save anything onto the ...
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My system is able to read CDs but not DVDs [duplicate]

My laptop(running on windows 7) is able to read CDs but not DVDs. When I insert a DVD it tries it's best to read it i.e.. it makes lot of noise, shows a CD icon near the cursor and shows progress bar ...
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7zip file splitting “DVD” setting too big for a DVD

I'm using 7Zip to split some large files so that I can copy them onto DVDs. I've done this before, using 7-zip's "Split to volumes" feature, and using the "DVD" size. This is creating files that are ...
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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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Move data from discs to hard drive with robotic changer device?

How can I? What can I buy? Is it made? A robotic disc-changer that allow a stack of already burnt discs to be read, taking simple PC data from the discs and off'ing it to the hard drive. Would ...
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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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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 ...