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[Help] Blank DVD that contains data but appears blank in XP

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I have a DVD the appears blank, but there is data on it. I found some stuff about it but nothing to explain how to correct the problem... Here is a site Microsoft has put on their support website about it
KB867717
but it says to install XP SP2... and which i have already done...
any suggestions to help would be greatly appreicated
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I've had this problem before - here's how I fixed it...

Tools you'll need:
  • ISOBuster - You'll need to "find" a full version, as the trial version only allows you to extract 100MB at a time.
  • Daemon Tools or Alcohol
What you need to do is open ISOBuster with your disc in the drive. In the left panel, right click on the DVD Icon at the top of the list, and select Extract To <image>, then RAW (*.bin, *.iso), and create an ISO image on your hard drive. If it comes up with Unreadable Sector errors, just allow it to Omit Sector and continue on.

When that's done, mount the image with Daemon Tools/Alcohol and you should be able to read the ISO & re-burn it.

Good Luck

Edited by draxx, 09 February 2006 - 05:37 PM.


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Both apps see the DVD as a blank.. but there is a movie on there... i can verify by Watching it.. but it sees it blank... help draxx

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Both apps see the DVD as a blank.. but there is a movie on there... i can verify by Watching it.. but it sees it blank... help draxx

Wow...It's like looking into the past. o.o
I'm just curious...What kind of machine did you use to burn the movie and what format is this disc burned as?

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WOW, i don't know... all i can tell you is my machine specs and the disc is a Sony. But i know sometime DVDXCopy sometimes does it but what would cause it to do that just on PC?

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Oooh, that's a bit different to problems I've had. I've been able to recover badly scratched & corrupted discs with this method.

Perhaps try the disc in another PC DVD-ROM and see what happens. Maybe your drive is failing...

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if iso buster can't see it, its blank or very faulty disc/drive

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Its not the dvd drive... it reads everything else but when someone burns a DVD using one program and like i said earlier i think it is DVDXCopy... but not for sure... the DVD isn't scratched and like i said earier i can watch it perfectly on my 5 disc DVD changer....

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Maybe there's some sort of copy protection?

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What about doing a raw sector extraction and attempting to open the resulting ISO?

but there is a movie on there... i can verify by Watching it.. but it sees it blank...

If a standalone DVD player can read the disc, there must be data on it. A raw sector extraction should work.

Edited by LLXX, 10 February 2006 - 05:46 PM.


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LLXX... explain.. that sounds like a idea but if i get nothing in ISOBuster then what will i use to extract...

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there is a common bug in the win xp
it is because the cd is multisession.
use cd roller or contact microsoft to give you a patch.
the patch is not in their page, from there "they" tell you to contact them in order to give you the patch.

hope i helped

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eldotti

WinXP support multisesion CD/DVD-R by default. Windows 9x/Me & W2k not support multisesion DVD-R.

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try look for on http://www.cdrinfo.c...rum/default.asp

Edited by Elektrik, 11 February 2006 - 02:04 AM.


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Why wouldn't they release the patch in SP1 or SP2 or are they so lazy they are waiting for SP3?

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Hey there,

I had a similiar problem when burning data onto DVD's recently. I was burning them as multi-sessions and not finalising or verifying them. When i put them back in the drive, they would come up as blank although I could plainly see the data image burnt into the disk + when i opened Nero with the disk still in the drive ... it could also see the data, just explorer couldn't.

So i ran Nero again with the same disk and finalised it without adding more data. After doing this and re-inserting it explorer now seems to see the data ....

Hopefully this'll work for u too.

All the best, andoc

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andoc... still sees it as a blank....

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Strange ... thats a shame, must be different for movie dvd's as a pose to data DVD's.

Did u say whether u burnt it yourself or not and if so .... what program u used, and whether you finalised it. If you did burn it yourself, have you tried opening the disk in the burning program as i did ... maybe you can see the data in there ....

if not ...... i'm all out, sorry

:rolleyes: andoc

ps. i suppose if your playing it in standalone DVD players it'd have to be finalised yeah? All the best

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I didn't burn it... I borred it from a friend and their x-bf burned it but i have no idea what they used...

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lostincyberspace2007

If I understand You, You not tried this disk in other PC`s DVD-ROM. Two years ago I had Sony CRX300E. My CRX300E cann`t read DVD-ROMs from one magazine (this disks was seemed as blank), but other CRX300E can read this disks :)

also try freeware DVDInfo from dvdinfopro.com
maybe new firmware for your dvd drive help You ;)

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Is the drive itself even able to read from the disc? If it is, then a sector-by-sector copy, ignoring the logical structure, should succeed. But, if it cannot even read the disc, like ISOBuster claimed it was not there, then there's something wrong with that drive...

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There is a firmware update for my drive but it won't let me update the drive... maybe thats it.. but i don;t know... I know yesterday i read a DVD-Video Disc, and burned a DVD and it all worked... so how can it be the drive?

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Some drives can be very picky about the media you put in there. Some like light dye, some like dark. Others have trouble with discs you can see through.

Put the disc in another computer, and tell us the result. Another thing you can try is uninstalling the DVD drive in the Device Manager and restarting your computer - just a thought. Also, do you have Autorun enabled or disabled, same with Auto Insert Notification...

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I was just thinking about something, I haven't read this thread for a while so excuse me if I'm repeating something. Under an ISO reader, extract the boot file. Rename it, if you have to, to a .bif extension. Open it up in the ISO reader again and there should be files in there. Active@ does this for their free utility. They save the programs in the boot file.
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