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Vista and the DVD/CD RW problems

by Chigal48 / March 4, 2010 8:28 PM PST

This just happened, didn't happen previously.

I'm putting blank, brand new CDs into the player so that I can copy files from desktop (by dragging and drop) to the CD. The CD starts to format.

When it finishes formatting, I open the drive and try to drag the file, and it won't copy.

Does anybody know if this is a VISTA problem? The computer (HP) is practically brand new, bought in August, and never had this problem before.

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Add to the above
by Chigal48 / March 4, 2010 8:29 PM PST

The files I'm trying to copy to disk are Photoshop files.

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More to the message
by Chigal48 / March 4, 2010 8:31 PM PST

I notice the CD light keeps blinking, almost like it's trying to read a disk.

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Sounds more like
by Jimmy Greystone / March 5, 2010 12:31 AM PST

Sounds more like an issue with whatever packet writing software you're using.

As a general rule, you'll find techs recommend AGAINST programs that advertise themselves as a CD as a floppy sort of program. Basically, any time you format a CD/DVD, it's a program to avoid.

All too many people have discovered that their backups are completely inaccessible because they were created with these programs. Or people run into the issue where if they take the disc to another computer, and it doesn't have the same software installed, the disc is unreadable.

The most reliable way of ensuring that you will be able to access your files at any point in the future, is the traditional all-at-once burn. Continue using packet writing programs at your own peril.

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Your advice is incomplete
by Chigal48 / March 5, 2010 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds more like

I have the CD burning software that came with Vista. What software do you suggest I use?

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Take your pick
by Jimmy Greystone / March 5, 2010 3:47 AM PST

Take your pick. I have very modest needs, so can usually get by with something simple like ImgBurn. But there's also CDBurnerXP (it runs on Vista/7), Nero, Roxio, and others. Take a look at what's out there and decide on which one seems best to you.

And I suspect what you're using is something supplied with your computer, because Vista doesn't "format" CD/DVDs.

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The packet writing
by peacox / March 5, 2010 11:17 AM PST

software that Jimmy was talking about usually come bundled with software like Nero, where it is called InCD or Roxio where I think it's called EasyCD or similar. They install themselves in the startup list and sit there waiting for a ReWritable disk to be loaded into a CD/DVD rewriter. When they see a suitable CD/DVD they automatically format it for Packet Writing. Disks produced can only be read by the same software and usually only on the same unit.
If you just want to save files/folders of documents or pictures to an ordinary CD-R then why not use the builtin facility of Send To in the context menu (right click) of the file. This facility uses multi-session write, so you can add additional files while there is space and on Vista it will also write to DVDs in the same way. These disks can be read on other machines, I've been using this method for years to carry installation files or diagnostic software

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Thanks, I installed Nero
by Chigal48 / March 5, 2010 8:20 PM PST
In reply to: The packet writing

and was able to do a copy to disk.

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