20 January 2007
But I'll never run out of coasters
A pox on a certain retailer (I won't mention its name) for selling something labeled as "DVD+R-", and on me for being dumb enough to buy it.
Posted at 6:23 PM to PEBKAC
Chaz... send me an email.
I have no idea. Once out of its package, the disc was revealed as a DVD+R, which made it less than ideal for the purpose I had in mind, which was making a backup of a DVD-R.
More and more recorders, and especially read-write drives, are dual polarity. We are now using the +Rs we bought by mistake and were stuck with a while back.
Well, the truth of the matter is, I don't know what is going on. Triticale confused me even more.
If you make a disc image of the original DVD-R, can you then burn that image as a DVD+R? Or does your drive not support DVD-R burning? I thought only Macs did that.
Of course, I have NO IDEA how to make a disc image in Windows. What if you just copied the files over, then burned them back? Toast could do it. And for the cost of a spindle of DVD+R minuses, it's almost worth it.
Well, shoot. Toast is Mac only. What about Easy Media Creator? http://www.cdfreaks.com/software/Burning-and-Backup-Software/Roxio/Easy-Media-Creator/
The drive does claim to support both flavors of burning; inasmuch as the extant software does in fact produce an image before attempting to write the target disk, I think this might be Sort of Doable.
There remains the possibility that this particular not-especially-pricey drive might be finicky about not-especially-pricey media.