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    Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    One form of backup for my photographic images is on DVD (another is on hard drive). I've just been using the Vista software to drag and drop files onto blank or near blank DVD's, but have discovered that at times, the DVD cannot be read by another computer. This can be the case cross platform (PC to Apple), but is also the case when I simply back up on my laptop, and later look for the files on my desktop PC (both Vista Home Premium). Here's how I go about it: 1. Vista requires me to "format" the DVD. 2. I'm asked to choose between two types of backup, and I usually choose the "Live File System" , so I can add files later, and since I'm not concerned with Windows earlier than XP. (Though of late I've dtried the "Mastered" type, I then drag and drop files onto the DVD drive. At times, when I drag and drop, it seems to only move a shortcut, and not the actual files. Please advise the best way to copy and save Image files onto a DVD so they can be read by myself and others in the future. (PS: I am aware that DVD's may deteriorate with time).

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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    The problem might be that the disc is "open", i.e., it is not closed (finalized). Or, the inhouse packet writer's formatting is proprietary to Vista and thus cannot be read by another non-Vista PC. Or, the other PC's do not have a compatible packet writing application installed, e.g., Nero InCD, Roxio DirectDisc. If I had to choose between the three possibilities, it would probably be the latter since you wrote that you put files on the DVD via drag&drop vs. burning them to the disc.
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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    Thanks: well, diagnosis aside, how do you burn DVD's and CD's so that they're reliably saved and readable? Do you just use the OS or do you use a proprietary software? If the OS (Vista in this case), what are the steps you take, start to finish, to ensure reliability? And: am I better off with the Live File System or the Mastered?

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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    <hr>Thanks: well, diagnosis aside, how do you burn DVD's and CD's so that they're reliably saved and readable? Do you just use the OS or do you use a proprietary software? If the OS (Vista in this case), what are the steps you take, start to finish, to ensure reliability? And: am I better off with the Live File System or the Mastered?<hr>
    Let's work backward:

    1. If you are using Vista's burning program the formatting options are as follows:
    - Mastered (disc is finalized/closed) after "burning" the files to disc unless you specify a "multi-session" project. You can use either DVD -R/+R or DVD-RW discs with this option.
    - "Live File System" (disc is formatted with UDF) which allows you to simply drag & drop files, delete files/folders, rename files/folders, etc. Think of this a working with a HDD or floppy disc. You MUST use DVD-RW discs.

    2. If you are using a 3rd-party program, e.g., Nero Burning Rom, AShampoo Burning Studio, Roxio, et al, depending upon which program you use, the above two options are identical.
    - Any 3rd-party burning program will allow you do simply "burn" files/folders to a disc; either finalized or multi-session.
    - Nero's packet writer InCD, for example, is used format the DVD-RW discs allowing the drag & drop option with all its benefits. Roxio has a similar program, but AShampoo does not have a packet writer.

    Re: reliability..... I don't worry about such things. I have been using CD-RW discs for years and never had one fail. I much prefer using RW (rewritable) formatted discs for storing items which I update and/or change often. For static data, e.g., photos, etc., you can burn them to a DVD -/+R disc and use the "multi-session" option which allows you to add new files until the disc is full.... then finalize it.

    Contused yet?
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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    Thank you. It seems then, that the problem I have run into was using the Live File System with DVD-R and NOT RW. Perhaps that leads to one seemingly burning (it looks like you burned the disk, when it doesn't actually happen. This is worth noting by all--the danger being that it LOOKS like you've burned a disc, only to discover later that it's unreadable!!

    Can you please clarify what you mean by "finalizing it" when the disc is full. Is there a step one must take? How and why?

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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    "RW" discs are more expensive but remember, they can be reused allegedly 1000 times. You can delete as many files/folders you desire and keep adding such at will. Also remember, that if you desire to open a formatted RW disc on another machine, that machine must have a "packet writing" application installed or a "reader" for such formatted discs. NOTE: should you "erase" a RW disc it will have to be formatted again to take advantage of the drag & drop, copy/paste features.

    With +/- R discs, you can add additional data IF the burn project is done as what is known as a "multi-session" burn. What that means is that the disc is left "open" so that additional files/folders can be added later. When the disc is full you will want to uncheck the "multi-session" option (known by various names depending upon the burning program used) so that the disc is finalized; i.e., "closed". Once a disc is closed, no further data can be added.

    I hope that helps! <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Copying Files to DVD (Vista Home Premium)

    It does (smiles)

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