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I can't see my thousand pics


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:04 PM

Groan, for months i've been burning military and news pictures off the net to a DVD, but when I tried to burn a new batch today something must have happened because not only did I get error messages, but now my DVD drive won't recognise the disk when its inserted, which means not only can i not burn any more, but i can't even access the thousand pics already on it, are they lost forever or are they still on it but invisible? (sniffle)
I thought that burnt stuff can never be deleted, accidentally or otherwise?

PS- The drive recognises other disks just fine, its just this particular disk that it snubs.
Any suggestions?

Edited by MickinPlymouthUK, 08 September 2009 - 03:06 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:13 PM

What program did you use to burn this disk?

Are you using the correct UDF format for this disk?

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/allcam/cdformat.html

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:59 PM

I use the standard Nero for burning, i've been using it for months with no problems, now suddenly it won't work with this particular disk, it still works fine with my other disks.
Something must have happened to the disk because when i try to see its contents by going to My Computer and selecting the drive, nothing happens, my system refuses to recognise that the disk is inserted.

PS- My pics must be on it but I can't get into the disk to see them, or have they somehow been deleted?

Edited by MickinPlymouthUK, 08 September 2009 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:27 PM

What version of Nero?

What standard format?

Nero offers a variety of burn options...at least, my versions do. If you attempted to burn with the wrong options selected, you may have created a coaster.

Have you tried viewing this disk's contents...on a different system?

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:35 PM

I'm very PC-illiterate, I don't know the Nero version.
All I know is i've been burning successfully for months, using the same options without any problems until today.
It's possible I hit the wrong button or something which confused the disk and turned it into a coaster, i don't know.
When i insert the disk, the drive makes funny whirring noises as if its struggling to read the disk, then it gives up.
Do you think my pictures are still on the disk or have they been deleted?
If they're still on, how can i get into the disk to view them?
I haven't got another PC system to try the disk on.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:37 PM

IsoBuster is The Ultimate CD/DVD/BD/HD DVD data recovery tool, so the blurb goes.

Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed disc, blah, blah.

All common disc formats and file-systems are supported.

It worked for me some years back, when I had a freeware copy (ver1.7) from a cover disk.
Program looks basic and rough but it recovered 97% off a duff disk.

Worth a punt, if you can find a freeware copy.

AVOID all those keygen, crack, torrent 'invitations' to download.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 09:16 AM

Just a general note to anyone, relevant to this problem.

I was advocating finding a freeware version
but now I find that the current shareware version
of Isobuster (2.5.5) also has free functions,
most importantly the potential to get your files back.
(perhaps this has always been the case - duh) :thumbsup:

http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

It's refreshing to have a program which finds the problem and deals
with it, rather than forcing you to pay for the solution,
like some 'freeware' programs.

If it can't find anything, your disks must be really screwed.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

Narrow down your troubleshooting to the DVD media or your machine, then decide what to do.

Try your picture DVD media in another machine that you are confident works (with other DVDs). If the pics on the DVD are popular formats - JPG, etc, they should be readable on most any Windows system without special software.

Do you have another CD/DVD media you can try in your machine, etc.

Does the problem follow the media or follow your machine?

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.


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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

Good points, Jose, although he did say that it was only the one disk
which was a problem.

My suggestion was put forward because (according to the helpfile)

" The program communicates directly to the Drive
and doesn't use Windows' 'input' on the disk content.

Both the access and interpretation of the file system are done by this application.

Resultantly this application can read all sectors how and when it wants.

It can 'see' disks that Windows can't.

It can read/extract a lot more than Windows can."

And it worked for me.

Some feedback would be useful, unless Mick is too busy replacing all his pictures.

#10 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 11:28 PM

Thanks guys, I doubt if i'll try Isobuster because I'm chronically PC-illiterate and daren't risk it unless I have to.
Luckily I don't have to because most of my lost stuff can be recovered from Photobucket and burnt to a new disk though it'll take time.
I know what i did wrong before, i tried to re-name a photo file after initiating the burn and it freaked Nero out, my fault, i'll just have to be ultra-careful in future..:thumbsup:




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