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My Picture Tasks- What Happened??

by captdane / May 24, 2006 2:18 PM PDT

On Dell laptop w/ Win. XP.

I'm trying to copy pictures from my HD to a cd. I did several in the last week w/ no problem. Now suddenly, I don't see "Copy to CD" option under "Picture Tasks" anymore.

When I select a pic, I get this dialog box that says "This copy operation was cancelled b/c your media was not formatted".

I've been using the built-in Sonic Data feature recently & I *did* also get another weirdo message about "DLA Format".

What gives??

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by captdane / May 25, 2006 6:08 AM PDT


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DLA formatting...
by John.Wilkinson / May 25, 2006 8:19 AM PDT

DLA enables you to drag-and-drop files to and from a CD, burning in 'real-time,' using the CD as if it were a floppy or zip disk. This isn't supported by Windows XP by default, or most other burning software.

The downside to DLA is that it can only be used on a CD that has been formatted specially for DLA. If the CD has not been formatted for DLA, you'll be unable to burn anything to the CD using DLA, receiving that error message when you try to. Also, the option to "Copy to CD" will not be available since DLA cannot perform the function on a non-DLA formatted CD.

Assuming that DLA has already been enabled on the drive for the user in question, what you must do is right-click the burner in My Computer and select Format. **Note** This will permanently erase anything/everything on the CD. It takes about 20 minutes for me to format a CD, but only 5 to format a DVD. Once the CD has been formatted, full functionality should be available.

Now, sometimes DLA glitches, where a previously-formatted CD is not recognized as such. If/when this happens, the CD is still readable, but you can no longer modify anything on the CD or add new files to it. To resolve it, you must copy any/all files to your hard drive, format the CD, then copy all of the files back to the CD.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for this
by captdane / May 25, 2006 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: DLA formatting...

I'm a bit lost. I don't have a disk to format. At least not yet. What I want to 1st do is get my "Copy to CD" option back under "Picture Tasks".

What happened??

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That I don't know...
by John.Wilkinson / May 26, 2006 4:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for this

I recall having that option myself a while back, but I just checked and don't have it either. Perhaps it's no longer a supported command for those using DLA? You could try contacting Sonic and see what they say, but I just open two different instances of Explorer and do a copy-and-paste job, just like I do with personal files and installers.


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I guess...
by captdane / May 26, 2006 9:39 AM PDT
In reply to: That I don't know...

I'll have to try contacting Sonic then, cause this is confounding me big time. It was fine just a week ago.

I swear. Every time I fix a problem something else screws up.

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