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My DVD-RW discs with memory now show up as "blank DVD"

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What can I do? It seems all the data on the disk is gone.
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. So, let me re-state this to make sure we both understand what we are working on. You have cdrw disks with data on them, and when you put them in the drive it shows a blank cd? Are these disks "finalized" after using packet writing (like Roxio direct cd) or are they still in packet writing mode (open, not finalized)? What program did you use to create these disks? Does the drive read other cd's, like a music cd or a commercially produced data cd (windows install cd for example)? My experience with packet writing is that it usually works great, but there is always a risk that if you temporarily end the session leaving the disk open, next time you go to use it you can't see the data. I have experience this myself as I have been using Roxio for several years. The solution is to packet write to the hard drive and then when the folder is contains enough data to fill your cd, then burn to cd and finalize it to be read in any cd when the burn is complete. I have spent a lot of time poking around the roxio support forum (such as it is) and they say "packet writing is NOT reliable."

Edited by austin_o, 15 April 2006 - 08:46 AM.

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