DVD+RW burns 3GB but only reads back as 13MB

Wolfgang wolfgang at rpi.net.au
Sun Dec 28 11:55:45 UTC 2003

On Sun, 2003-12-28 at 22:11, Kevin Krieser wrote:
> Further, when I experimented with the ProDVD with +RW media, I had to
> tell it to ignore size, or I got the same error about over 100 minutes.
> Note, this is with RH9.  Fedora is on another machine.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: fedora-list-admin at redhat.com [mailto:fedora-list-admin at redhat.com]
> On Behalf Of Wolfgang
> Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:50 PM
> To: Fedora Core List
> Subject: Re: DVD+RW burns 3GB but only reads back as 13MB
> On Sun, 2003-12-28 at 15:38, Peter Kiem wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Does anyone have any experience with DVD+RW burning in Fedora?  I am 
> > trying to do it from command line (rather than use something like k3b)
> > as I am trying to work this into my backup scripts.
> > 
> > I used to use a CD-RW drive for doing backups but just replaced the 
> > drive with a DVD+RW drive to cut down on the number of discs I have to
> > write.
> > 
> > No matter what I did I couldn't get dvdrecord working as a replacement
> > for cdrecord.  Errors ranged from "cannot burn > 100 mins" to "Wrong 
> > media".
> > 
> > After a bit of reading I found the growisofs command which seemed to 
> > work fine.  This is the command I gave to burn a 3GB tar file to the
> > DVD+RW
> > 
> > growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/cdrom holding.tar
> > 
> > Now growisofs SAID it wrote the full 3GB and looking at the disc it 
> > certainly has used most of the area as you can see where it has 
> > written the data.
> > 
> > But when I try to read the disc in either of 2 DVD drives I have on 
> > the system I can only see a 13MB file!
> > 
> > Any ideas cause this has got me stumped :(
> I use X-CDroast to burn DVD-RW's. But to do that with X-Cdroast (For
> example) one needs to download another program to allow that to happen.
> This site will help in that area
> http://www.xcdroast.org/
> With the Cdrecord.ProDVD file, I can burn the full 4.7GB's without a
> problem (I use it for system backups too). Just take note that you need
> a special key to be able to burn at full capacity (That info is shown on
> the main page). There may be other ways to do it, but I found this way
> much easier for me, and it may help you too.
> Wolf

If you read up on ProDVD, you will find that +RW's are not fully
supported yet. As they use a different format to -RW's. And these are
what I use and work great for me. Both on RH9 & Fedora C1.


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