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DVD with Pictures Failed

by Tom_SF / July 6, 2013 7:01 AM PDT

I have a DVD that was Flash-formatted and I used it to store pictures. It failed to work today but the properties showed that something was on the disc. I tried it on another machine and it still wouldn't open so I know it's not the computer. I even copied the disc and got the same results.

I've since put my pics on CD's which have never failed me but I'm at a loss to see why this DVD would fail.

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Clarification Request
What is Flash formatted?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 9:50 AM PDT

That's a new term for me but CD/DVD as a writable drive has always been iffy. You may encounter folk that never had it fail then one day it does. There is only only lesson from this and that's why we never reduce the copies of what we can't lose to just one or one place.

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Windows 7 gives the user an option.
by Tom_SF / July 6, 2013 12:22 PM PDT

In Windows 7, if I place a fresh DVD or CD in the drive, it gives me the option of formatting the disc so I can use it as an editable flash drive, similar to a thumb drive, or I can use it as a non-editable disc where I can only put what I want at one time. I've never had a problem with my CD's with pictures on them, only with DVD's. I'm really trying to find out if this is a common occurrence or not.

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Yes, it's a too common failure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 3:13 PM PDT

And it increases as the drive and media age.

Frankly I will not enter into any debate but my advice is to ignore that feature. If you want you can put your content in some folder on the hard drive then put that folder on some DVD-RW when you want a copy there. I used to, before flash drives plummeted in price erase a DVD RW then put the folder I wanted to backup on the disc. Essentially I had an editable DVD but without the possible loss.

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Good Info.
by Tom_SF / July 7, 2013 12:30 AM PDT

Thanks Bob. The computer I'm using is not even a year old and it works great. I tried that DVD on another machine. Do you think the flash drives are a lot more reliable? I'll have to invest in some if that's the case.

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Not reliable enough to use as the last copy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2013 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Good Info.

In fact, the most trouble I see folk get into is when they drive down their family photo collection to one last copy on one last device or media.

I have yet to have an USB Flash drive fail but I'm sure it will happen to me like everyone else. I would never trust a single device with my last copy.

-> Using DVD or CD as a flash drive is chancy enough but when you go to other machines it increases the chance of a wipe out. The old fashioned erase, make a closed session removes some chance.

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