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DVD Data Backup problem

by TONI H / March 10, 2004 8:25 PM PST

I burned a number of movies as data files to a dvd...after a week or so, I discovered that one of the cd's I burned to had a flaw in it, and I wanted to burn the movie again.

I dragged a copy of the movie from the data dvd to my harddrive, but when I try to use EasyCD Creator 5 Platinum to add that movie to the playlist in order to burn it, the file won't enter the queue.

I've tried a couple of different movies from the data dvd and none of them will add to the list after copying them to the harddrive first.

I haven't tried burning directly from the dvd drive to my other burner (not sure if that would even work), but I'm curious about how I get the copied files to burn once they are back on the harddrive. I checked the attributes for the files and none of them are read only, which is what I suspected (and even expected) them to be.

The whole purpose of putting the files on the dvd as data was to preserve many at once so I don't lose the movies. Have I shot myself in the foot putting them on as data instead of leaving them as original .mpg movie files? Can I convert them once they are on the harddrive back to burnable .mpg files (they have retained that extension)?


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Re:DVD Data Backup problem...added note
by TONI H / March 10, 2004 8:28 PM PST

The copied back to harddrive files actually still play in the media player so they are intact...I just can't get them to add to my burner program in order to reburn them.


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Re:Re:DVD Data Backup problem...added note
by Art / March 11, 2004 7:38 AM PST

Toni, any luck resolving the problem? Something kind of puzzle me; what do you mean when you say you copy it as data file instead of mpg files? You just drag and drop the mpg file and burn, right? Which means you are just moving the mpg file from the HDD. to the dvd media so nothing has really change. Or is Roxio doing something to it.

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Re:Re:Re:DVD Data Backup problem...added note
by TONI H / March 13, 2004 4:27 AM PST

Hi, Art...when I originally burned the movie cd, that file was fine and played in the dvd player in the livingroom OK.

But when I went to make another copy of it, it wouldn't let me (said there was an unspecified error) and when I looked at the cd itself that I had burned, I saw that there were markings on the burned side (new issue that I will discuss in another thread regarding cellophane and paper slips I had it stored in).

So I pulled out the data backup dvd media that I created where a whole slew of my movies are on one 4.+GB dvd for safekeeping. When I dragged a copy of that same movie to the harddrive so I could burn a new copy of the movie, EZCD Creator 5 Platinum AND 6 Platinum won't let me drag it to the playlist area (has a big zero with a line through it).

I tried just clicking ADD and then locating the file instead, and although it gets selected, nothing ever shows up in the playlist area of the Video completely ignores the movie....and yet I can select a different movie that's already on the harddrive and it gets listed there just fine.

One side note: When I created the movie, it was in two vcd chunks (600MB size and one less) and I merged the two in order to get it to all fit on one 750MB cdr. I had saved the merged file to the data cd rather than the two pieces. Could that be the problem now? I had no problem getting the merged file to be seen by EZCD Creator before in order to burn it as a vcd movie....I only have the problem now that I've brought it back from the data backup dvd.


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Re:Re:Re:Re:DVD Data Backup problem...added note
by Art / March 14, 2004 12:09 AM PST

My suggestion would be to split this file to a smaller size and see if can be burn, then we'll know if it's the size or something else. By the way, which splitter/joiner do you use and is it easy to use?

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DVD Data Backup problem...more
by TONI H / March 14, 2004 6:33 AM PST

I found that for some reason I had to go back to PowerVCR II Pro and convert the file I had brought back from the backup dvd to an .mpeg file (this was done before burning it in the first place on it's own cd and then burning it as a data file to the dvd so it's strange that I would have to do it a second time). Once I converted the file again, then I was finally able to burn it again to its own cd using EZCD 6 Platinum.

I use a neat little program called AVI/MPEG/RM/WMV Joiner along with two other programs by the same people. Those programs are the SPLITTER and the CONVERTER. Located at


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