[ubuntu-uk] Re-use of DVD-RW's

javadayaz javadayaz at gmail.com
Wed May 27 13:29:33 BST 2009

ive never been able to use my cheap £shop rw dvd's. I think someone here
suggested just keep searching for a brand of DVDrw that works!

2009/5/27 Tony Travis <a.travis at abdn.ac.uk>

> Hello, Ubuntistas.
> I've been struggling for a while trying to work out what is wrong with
> the DVD writer on my Asus A6K laptop under Ubuntu 8.04 LTS: Seems that
> the answer is there is nothing wrong with the hardware, but the Gnome
> DVD burning libraries can only write to virgin DVD media, or DVD media
> that has been 'fully' erased:
>   sudo dvd+rw-format -blank=full /dev/dvd
> Not only does this take a long time, but it also uses up the DVD writer
> laser unnecessarily if you are going to write to the DVD-RW anyway. My
> work-around was prompted by the diagnostics produced by:
>   growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/dvd=image.iso
> Apparently, if you repeat the "-dvd-compat" it forces DAO (Disk At Once)
> mode, which does not require the DVD-RW to be erased:
>   growisofs -dvd-compat -dvd-compat -Z /dev/dvd=image.iso
> Fortunately, I discovered this in time to retrieve all my 'unuseable'
> DVD-RW's from the bin. How does everyone else re-use their DVD-RW's?
> BTW, I already know about "k3b" ;-)
> Bye,
>   Tony.
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