dvd-r is full, but files are not accessible.

July 29, 2012 at 21:12:58
Specs: Windows XP, 1.86ghz pentium/2gb
Months ago I dumped a bunch of photos and videos from my hard drive onto DVD-R's.

Of the 7 disks I used all but one work fine.

The problem disk is VERY full. Checking disk properties says it is 4.38gb with no free space.

That 4.38gb is divided into two folders. One has 202mb. I can open and view files as expected.
The other folder shows 0 files and 0 bytes.
I have no idea what the problem is.
Is there any chance I can recover these files from the dvd-r?

I have tried to remove files from the 202mb folder in an attempt to free up some space on the dvd, but when i try I get "cannot delete file name: The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk.

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July 29, 2012 at 22:52:20
You can only copy files from a dvd-r, they cannot be erased or moved... this is only possible with a dvd-rw (read/write). You can add to a dvd-r provided you have not finalised the disk.

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July 30, 2012 at 05:06:02
Ok, but that still leaves me with the real problem.
I have 4.38gb of data on this disk, but can only see 0.2gb of it.

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July 30, 2012 at 07:15:00
Update -
Took the disk to work today.
Windows 7 Enterprise.

No problems reading the disk which is a big relief.

Still no idea what the problem with my home PC is.
The disk was created with my home PC.

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July 30, 2012 at 16:12:52
Your CDROM may be at fault. If the discs can be read on a another reader I would think yours may be failing. They're cheap enough, I would invest in a new one.

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