Making DVD-RW discs usable again

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Tony P, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Tony P

    Tony P Guest

    Ok. Here's the deal. I have a bunch of DVD-RW discs. Somehow I dorked up some
    of the first discs that I tried to use to burn recorded television to. So
    when I put them in my burner Windows Media Center does not recognize them as
    writable media. Basically I was experimenting and tried formatting them and
    making them 'compatible' and somehow I can't burn to them anymore. Anyone
    know the steps I have to go through to get these disks usable again? If I
    take fresh, unused DVD-RW's out of the box I can burn to them fine. It is
    just that a bunch of the first discs I used are basically unusable now. Do I
    have a bunch of coasters or is there something I can do to these discs so I
    can use them again? Thanks!

    Tony P, Mar 28, 2007
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  2. Try reformatting them and/or erasing them. It may be better to use an
    alternative program if the first one you use doesn't work.

    Throw any of them away that you can't get to work. They're dead (they
    die pretty easily).\
    Gene E. Bloch, Mar 28, 2007
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  3. Tony P

    Tony P Guest

    Thanks. Using 'Quick' format rather then 'full' format made them usable
    again. No idea why!

    Tony P.
    Tony P, Mar 28, 2007
  4. I did the same the first couple of times. I can't remember exactly how I got
    out of it (it was a year ago) but I _did_ manage to make them usable again.

    One possibility was that I may have used a Sony DVD recorder (not a computer
    but one connected to a TV) to erase them. Another possibility was using a
    different program.

    It may even have been the reverse, that I messed them up in the Sony
    recorder and used MCE 2005 plus SonicEncoders to erase them.

    I had a worry recently as my MCE 2005 system had stopped recognising DVDs
    but it turned out to be dust on the lense of the DVD drive. Because its on
    all the time (to record TV etc.) some dust had built-up, gently blowing in
    to the DVD drive cleared it.
    John Lockwood, Mar 28, 2007
  5. Tony P

    Tony P Guest

    I have to say that in general I haven't been to happy with Windows Media
    Center. Since I got this new Dell in January this is my first exposure to it
    and when it comes to burning DVD's and playing them elsewhere, everything is
    a crapshoot. Very inconsistent. You can follow the same exact steps to burn a
    DVD and get 2 different results. People keep telling me to go with Nero, etc,
    but I keep resisting. But it has been a disappointment.

    Tony P,
    Tony P, Mar 29, 2007
  6. I no longer use Media Center (or SonicEncoders, or CyberLink MakeDVD) to
    burn DVDs, I instead convert the DVR-MS files to standard MPEG2 files and
    then use them on a Mac with Roxio Toast Titanium 8.

    My Mac can login to the PC over the network, and I can use TSConverter from
    within Media Center to do the conversion. In theory ffmpegx can also convert
    DVR-MS files.
    John Lockwood, Mar 30, 2007
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