Solved Previously Burned DVD-R recognized as blank

November 16, 2012 at 17:19:20
Specs: Windows Vista
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I have burned some files in a dvd-rw, successfully. The thing is, while my PC recognizes the fact there is data inside, when I open it up I only get an 100% empty, writeable space. There doesn't seem to be a problem with the surface of the disk either.
Please help me get my data back!!!

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November 17, 2012 at 05:25:24
I have never burned in Vista, but with Windows 7 there is an extra step involved. After you drag and drop and you think you are burning, you still need to click on the burn button before anything happens. Perhaps that is what happened to your files.

You should never rely on only a single copy of any files you need to keep. Burning to disk is good but also saving on another medium is safer. As was stated, rewritable optical media is not as good as the write once, DVDR or CDR.

"The thing is, while my PC recognizes the fact there is data inside, when I open it up I only get an 100% empty, writable space." That statement is contradictory.

I don't ever use re-writable DVD media but I think that because you need to prepare the disk before writing to it, the computer will acknowledge that the disk is ready to be written to.



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November 16, 2012 at 18:11:08
What burning-software did you write the disc with, and when it finished, did you finalize it? Also, are you trying to re-read it in the same machine or a different one?

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November 16, 2012 at 18:32:44
Thanks for the reply :)

I think I just did it via drag-and-drop in the DvD, they were burned automatically (not exactly a fine method, but it worked at the moment) That day I wrote a ton of random CDs/DvDs, so my memory about that bunch is a mess. Most of them work, though.

The PC is the exact same one I burned them with.


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#3
November 16, 2012 at 18:36:14
Re-writable discs are not known for their stability. It might have gone bad.
If your backing up important data, pictures, video, etc. never use a re-writable disc.

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November 17, 2012 at 05:25:24
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I have never burned in Vista, but with Windows 7 there is an extra step involved. After you drag and drop and you think you are burning, you still need to click on the burn button before anything happens. Perhaps that is what happened to your files.

You should never rely on only a single copy of any files you need to keep. Burning to disk is good but also saving on another medium is safer. As was stated, rewritable optical media is not as good as the write once, DVDR or CDR.

"The thing is, while my PC recognizes the fact there is data inside, when I open it up I only get an 100% empty, writable space." That statement is contradictory.

I don't ever use re-writable DVD media but I think that because you need to prepare the disk before writing to it, the computer will acknowledge that the disk is ready to be written to.


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