DVD-RAM disc error

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  1. runningback

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    Hi,
    I've been using a DVD-RAM disc (Maxell 4,7gb) for about 25 films so far,
    always reformated after every film (should i just erase?)
    After recording the last two films it showed a read error after 957mb,
    both TMPGenc and DVD-Decrypter stopped exactly at the same point,
    also POwer DVD stops playing at that point, it does however manage to play
    on the Panasonic itself completely.

    Has this disc become unusable?
    Generally speaking should one format before every new recording or just erase the data and replace with new data?
    Is constant reformating affecting the life span of the RAM media?

    thanks in advance,
     
  2. kenfowler3966

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    You should only need to format if you have been doing a lot of editing and then more recording before deleting the original files as this leaves bits of the file all over the place. I would say reformat only occasionally.

    Its more likely the ram disc is dirty or scratched, try carefully cleaning it, if it still wont go and others do it is scrap.
     
  3. runningback

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    thanks for the reply, managed to rescue the film by editing half a second out.
    wonder if i can do scandisk, mark the bad sector, so that it doesn't record on that particular sector any more, anybody done this before?
     
  4. PhilipL

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    Hi

    That is what a full format would do anyway. If you are still having problems it is likely the addressing information on the disc is damaged, this is hard pressed into the disc at time of manufacturer and can not be corrected for.

    Regards

    Philip
     
  5. tabatha

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    DVD-RAM discs should last for tens of thousands of write passes. As you mention TMPGenc and DVD-Decrypter I suspect that you are using a cartridge and have been removing/replacing the disc. I suspect that you have either got a finger mark on the discs or other damaged the surface in some way. I have always been very careful with DVD-RAMs and never had any trouble although I have never used Maxell.
     
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    after cleaning and reformating i can happily report that the next two projects
    had no error on the very same disc,

    thx all
     

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