Solved DVD burn cycle count detection

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September 4, 2011 at 14:32:47
Specs: Win XP Pro/SP3 & Linux Mint Katya, Pentium M/2GB
Had some trouble erasing a DVD rewitable in a DVD recorder for TV. Turned out the disk needed to be cleaned. There are some minor scratches on the disk but doesn't seem to affect the disk for now. This disk is getting heavy write cycles as I record TV programs for later viewing. The question I have, is there any way to see how many write cycles are left through some type of PC software? Windows XP or Linux software is doable for me as I have both Windows XP and Linux Mint Katya.

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#1
September 4, 2011 at 14:38:57
Since the quality of DVD-RW media varies (even within the same manufacturer---which may claim hundreds or thousands of write-cycles), there's no real way to tell how many write-cycles are left on the disc. Given that the media is also unreliable when compared to much less expensive DVD+/-R media, I wouldn't count on a quality recording for many cycles (<25). If it's something you want to keep, stick to DVD+/-R's.

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#2
September 4, 2011 at 15:03:06
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Or record to hard drive.

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September 4, 2011 at 19:55:47
Thanks for the replies. Anything I want to keep gets copied over to my harddrive via K3b. The problem happened again but this time I was able to complete the erase on the second try. It's possible the disc is on it's way out or it could be that the recorder is on it's last legs. I noticed to read/write head is making sqeaking noises every now and then. The head spindle is probably in need of lubricant as I have had it since 2007. The recorder is a Magnavox ZC352MWS.

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#4
September 5, 2011 at 07:19:54
So then, this is a DVR? Not a computer based DVD drive?

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