DVD disk reading

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by whistla13, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. whistla13 macrumors newbie

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    I have a blank DVD-R disc and I'm not able to burn anything onto the disc. In Disk Utilities, it says it isn't writable. Is there any way of changing the format so I can burn my media files onto the disc? I can open and burn files onto it fine on Windows, just not on Mac.


    Any help is greatly appreciated !:eek:
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What does it say in System Profiler > Hardware > Disc Burning?
     
  3. whistla13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898:

    Firmware Revision: HC10
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 1024 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    Media:
    Type: DVD-R
    ID: SONY08D1
    Blank: No
    Erasable: No
    Overwritable: No
    Appendable: Yes
    Write Speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x



    Sidenote: Disc isnt completely blank, there 32kb on it*
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    From where? Has it been finalised? Or is it a multi session DVD?
     
  5. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    A DVD-R cannot be written to twice. If there is already data on it that was burned, it was 'finalized' and unwritable again.

    A DVD-RW would suit you better, if you plan on adding info to the disc in the future.
     
  6. whistla13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aww alright then. I'll just find another dvd that's actually blank.

    Thanks again !:)
     
  7. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Apple finalizes discs so you cannot add to them but Toast, and other disc burning software, can leave discs open so you can add to them later on. You can delete files, sort of. What happens when you delete files from a cd-r is the file is gone but so is the space so you don't it back.

    Like the other response said about CD-RW's, they may be a better option for you if you need to add and remove files frequently.
     

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