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    I found that there are quiet a lot of people who have problems burning a CD/DVD that does nt have Burning errors . You might have burnt a DVD and it isnt being recognized by your own DVD writer , or it may open but show no data inside or more commonly it might have missed some files during burning so the software you burnt is not installing !.

    Personally in all my life only twice have i had Burning issues so i ll just put up a very simple guide on how to burn a good DVD/CD

    Step #1

    Choosing a good Disc is very important

    Local "No Name Discs"

    It completely depends on your needs which type of discs you should go in for.
    If you just want to burn some data or some files that you want to transfer you can very well go in for Local Discs . For general purpose its ok to go in for these Local Discs .
    But if you want to burn say a video shot during your friend's marriage or backup some very critical data it is recommended to go in for a quality Disc .

    Currently in Chennai No Name DVDs cost anywhere from Rs 6-10 . While the higher quality DVDs costs from Rs15-20 .

    Sony , MoserBaer , Samsung , Memorex are some of the Higher quality cs/dvds i have used .

    Storing your DVDs

    You may either buy your empty discs individually or in Bulk [on a spindle] . But once you burn the data, storage becomes a problem . Most of us dont maintain our burnt Discs properly . This is one of the major reasons why DVDs get damaged . Excessive Dust or Scratches on the underside surely will render the dvd useless .

    So Always use a CD/DVD Album to store your Discs .Especially one with a hard bound cover and a zipper . It doesnt cost much and will surely prevent data loss and damaged discs.

    Keep an oil Based Felt pen to write on your Discs .

    Light Scribe Discs

    Alternatively you can use Light Scribe Discs . They cost just a few bucks[3-5] more than a conventional discs . They have a layer of special material on the backside so you can burn an image/Picture on the backside using your DVD writer . It uses Laser to do so , so no ink refills needed .

    Most DVD writers are Lightscribe enabled
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    Step #2
    Maintaining your CD/DVD Drive

    Many people completely ignore this step .It is equally important to maintain your Drive
    To Do so make sure that you frequently

    Update driver
    * Update your CD/DVD Drive's firmware . You will find it in the website of the company from which you bought your drive .

    Clean the Drive
    *Use a Drive cleaning kit to keep the head of your Drive clean . It generally consists of a cd with a micro-Brush . You just run the CD in your DVD drive and it ll clean your Drive ! .

    Again this is very cheap and will help elongate the life of your Disc drive .
    Example:
    PressIt | Blu-ray | CD | DVD | Drive Head Clean Kit

    Step #3
    Burning a Disc
    Choosing the Software

    There are many softwares available like Nero , Ashampoo Xp Burner . You can choose any one of them . Generally Nero is considered the best of the pack .
    You should find 'Free Nero License' in your DVD drive's driver CD and i recommend that you use it . Dont worry about the new versions of Nero released ,they are not necessary at all.

    The Burning

    -->Choose what kind of Disc you are going to create . If you want to burn an Operating Sytem disc such as Linux Disc , you need to create a Bootable disc .If you want to create a disc which can be read by your TV's DVD Player you need to burn a Video Disc .Otherwise just burn a Data Disc .

    Nero users
    --> Make sure to simulate a burn , before doing the actual burning . This will greatly reduce the possibility of errors occurring .

    -->After you simulate a burn make sure to check the Verify Data After Burn Option before starting the actual burning .

    -->For added safety You can burn your discs at 8x [Half] the speed .

    -->Finally insert the disc back to check if all files have been burnt .

    Follow these steps and you ll never have a Burning problem again

    Cheers .



    Long Time Storage

    It so happens that sometimes even when you maintain your discs by storing it in albums problems might occur .

    Take for example this scenario

    My Dad has a fairly large collection of Old time hit Music Cds [ABBA , BeeGees etc ] . All of them are original and are packed in a beautiful album . But because of long time disuse , some of the discs started developing a white coating on the underside . So what will you do when that happens ?
    You cant scrape it off ,Bcuz it ll scratch the CDs , so i suggested irresponsibly that we should just chuck them (^_^) .

    But do you know what he did ? He washed them ! And that too with sOaP (o_O ) .

    So If that happens to you

    -->Use mild soap to gently wash the underside . Use minimal water , there is no need to use a Hose from a fire truck .

    -->Use a soft cloth to dry it gently cleaning it with outward strokes .

    Discs will be as good as new , and they work 100% !
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    Light Scribe Discs

    Alternatively you can use Light Scribe Discs . They cost just a few bucks[3-5] more than a conventional discs . They have a layer of special material on the backside so you can burn an image/Picture on the backside using your DVD writer . It uses Laser to do so , so no ink refills needed .

    Excellent post
    Do we get them in chennai and I thought these disks cost a lot more than the ordinary ones...:47:

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    They cost anywhere from rs20-25

    I dunno if you get local ones ... if so they ll be cheaper

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    But do not apply the logic of slower is better and start burnin ur discs at 2.4x ... The media if its designed for high speed, will burn better at high speeds. Generally 8x to 12x is good.
    For dual layer 2.4-4x is good.
    For the first time in 4 yrs everything on my system is backed up :thumbup:

    Nice post..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    But do you know what he did ? He washed them ! And that too with sOaP (o_O ) .
    Yup i do the same thing.. but i use shampoo coz it dissolves easily so much less stress is needed to rinse it

    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    -->Use a soft cloth to dry it gently cleaning it with outward strokes .
    as u mentioned Its pretty important the disk is wiped from the center to side along the radius, coz even if its scratched in horizontal direction , the error correcting data,parity etc won't be damaged.

    After washing i simply leave it under the fan to avoid this...

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    ^ Dont use an Anti-Dandruff shampoo .

    Why ?

    Well does your Dvd have a dandruff problem ? (^_^)


    ok seriously

    These Shampoos have strong chemical solvents which may damage the magnetic surface . Use mild shampoos and soap .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    damage the magnetic surface.
    Optical discs don't have a magnetic surface.. just dye.

    n :lol: anti dandruff shampoos!! they are very strong actually... never ever use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    ^ Dont use an Anti-Dandruff shampoo .

    Why ?
    Well does your Dvd have a dandruff problem ? (^_^)
    ok seriously
    These Shampoos have strong chemical solvents which may damage the magnetic surface . Use mild shampoos and soap .
    :lol: i use herbal shampoo's...

    now that u mention about the chemical reactions, yea it could harm the dvd... :yes:

    but there's no magnetic surface in a cd/dvd, its purely polymer based and also the drive head doesn't come in contact with it anyway...

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    I had an idiot friend who had once scrubbed my max payne 1 game disc with a scrubber to make it clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    but there's no magnetic surface in a cd/dvd, its purely polymer based and also the drive head doesn't come in contact with it anyway...
    the problem arises as the chemicals cud change the physical properties of the discs surface newprouser... the laser goes through a transparent layer beneath the writing layer on a dvd... if anything happens to the transparency, say goodbye to the disc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    :lol: i use herbal shampoo's...

    now that u mention about the chemical reactions, yea it could harm the dvd... :yes:

    but there's no magnetic surface in a cd/dvd, its purely polymer based and also the drive head doesn't come in contact with it anyway...
    Ok mY bad ...I was referring to the underside of the DVD

    I know the drive head does not come into contact with the disc !

    The cleaning CD has a brush afixed to it that is large enough to reach out and clean the drive head by brushing it .... if thats what u r referring to

    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    I had an idiot friend who had once scrubbed my max payne 1 game disc with a scrubber to make it clean.
    I had an Idiot friend who had 4 pet dogs ...... The rest as they say is Astrology (^_^)

    I mean you can guess what happened to the discs i gave him rite
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryKnight View Post
    the problem arises as the chemicals cud change the physical properties of the discs surface newprouser... the laser goes through a transparent layer beneath the writing layer on a dvd... if anything happens to the transparency, say goodbye to the disc.
    Yea , i get it now..thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    The cleaning CD has a brush afixed to it that is large enough to reach out and clean the drive head by brushing it .... if thats what u r referring to...
    its was a rheotical question.. nothing to do with cleaning cds...

    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    I had an idiot friend who had once scrubbed my max payne 1 game disc with a scrubber to make it clean.
    :lol:
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    Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    I had an idiot friend who had once scrubbed my max payne 1 game disc with a scrubber to make it clean.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    I had an Idiot friend who had 4 pet dogs ...... The rest as they say is Astrology (^_^)

    I mean you can guess what happened to the discs i gave him rite
    yeah i can guess.

    After that incident I had tried to clean that friend of mine with H2SO4, somebody saved him from me that day.
    I had forgotten all about that until this thread reminded me of it again. I think I will visit that friend's house tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    I had an Idiot friend who had 4 pet dogs ...... The rest as they say is Astrology (^_^)

    I mean you can guess what happened to the discs i gave him rite
    :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    yeah i can guess.

    After that incident I had tried to clean that friend of mine with H2SO4, somebody saved him from me that day.
    I had forgotten all about that until this thread reminded me of it again. I think I will visit that friend's house tomorrow.
    ROFL :lol:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    yeah i can guess.

    After that incident I had tried to clean that friend of mine with H2SO4, somebody saved him from me that day.
    I had forgotten all about that until this thread reminded me of it again. I think I will visit that friend's house tomorrow.
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I went to see that guy today, he has left kolkata, is in delhi now.
    boy !!! i even took my SG cricket bat with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    I went to see that guy today, he has left kolkata, is in delhi now.
    boy !!! i even took my SG cricket bat with me.
    He's seems to be more experienced crook than ya... :lol:

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    yeah, that scum destroyed my original "Sin City" DVD too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    yeah, that scum destroyed my original "Sin City" DVD too.
    Well I make it a point to make images of DVD b4 lending it coz sometimes ppl may lose it unintentional mistakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    yeah i can guess.

    After that incident I had tried to clean that friend of mine with H2SO4, somebody saved him from me that day.
    I had forgotten all about that until this thread reminded me of it again. I think I will visit that friend's house tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    I went to see that guy today, he has left kolkata, is in delhi now.
    boy !!! i even took my SG cricket bat with me.
    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    He's seems to be more experienced crook than ya... :lol:
    :lol:
    Quote Originally Posted by Evander Leopold View Post
    yeah, that scum destroyed my original "Sin City" DVD too.
    eek

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    Like mentioned by many others, burning the CD/DVDs on a lower speed eliminates most of the associated errors..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    Like mentioned by many others, burning the CD/DVDs on a lower speed eliminates most of the associated errors..
    yup...thats the most basic and most effective thing to do besides not burning them at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshytkage View Post
    but it takes a long time for the lightscribe disks to get labelled, i think i once maxed out at 15mins, but else, it's ussually 20 mins or so...i stick with the normal Duallayered ones...fine for me untill i go BLu-ray
    Hey can you tell me the cost of lightscibe and DL dvds which u used and the brand

    Quote Originally Posted by amitkool21 View Post
    i'm using Writex 16x and 20x as DVDs and HP 52x as CDs nd all they are working fine for me.......i have a collection of more than 320 CDs and 700 DVDs........what u guys say......???
    W O W

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    Hey can you tell me the cost of lightscibe and DL dvds which u used and the brand



    W O W
    use sony lightscribe disks, not expensive at all get-em for 25-30 bux apiece(depends from where i buy them )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshytkage View Post
    use sony lightscribe disks, not expensive at all get-em for 25-30 bux apiece(depends from where i buy them )
    what about the cost of dual layer disks

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    I'm getting a portable external drive now...done with burning movies to dvd...just takes a lot of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerdoc View Post
    I'm getting a portable external drive now...done with burning movies to dvd...just takes a lot of time.
    Does a portable external drive create DVD faster than an internal drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    Does a portable external drive create DVD faster than an internal drive?
    No it does'nt , either way the technlogy limits the speed of burning

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    the only thing different about it is that you can carry it around.....

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    USB 3.0 will make data transfer between hard drives significantly faster.I'm waiting for it before choosing to buy an external.

    Btw, I prefer using a lightweight program called CDCheck to check the disc after writing.It also has a recover option in cases of data corruption.
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    yeah USB 3.0 will completely pwn USB 2.0 just like it Pwned USB 1.0 Just like it Pwned noone because it was the first one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerdoc View Post
    USB 3.0 will make data transfer between hard drives significantly faster.I'm waiting for it before choosing to buy an external.
    Yeah , they should speed up the process...

    For external DVD writers etc USB 3.0 will make no difference, they can't even fully utilize the potential of USB 2.0
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    i never said b/w optical drives, i said hard drives...oops you meant powerdoc

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    i think its just crappy... just keep upgrading forever... i hate it... even pci e is getting another upgrade... wasn't it good enough already.
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