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Old Jan 25, 2009, 5:52 AM   #21
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I looked at External HDs to accommodate readable CDs/DVDs but decided that using the internal SATA bus with a 'disk caddy' was a better way to go - that way I could select the make/size of HD & plumped for Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB.

As I transfer the data, what becomes increasingly worrying, is that DVDs written to 2 years ago are unreadable - something that came as a surprise. When I ventured into DVD medium, Ritek was reputedly the best and most transportable & it's these that have failed. Subsequent Verbatum DVDs have proved 100% successful.

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Old Jan 26, 2009, 4:43 AM   #22
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i think as far as back ups are concerned you can never have enough copies, my family photos i have about 6 back ups, 3 copies on different hard drives and 3 copies on dvds, one set i keep in a safe lol. maybe its paranoid of me but most of my family is gone now and i know id be absoloutly devestated if lost my photos and the memorys the hold
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I've found that BadCopy has recovered files/images that IsoBuster has missed. Still not perfect & none will recover a CD/DVD that cannot be read.
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Old Feb 13, 2009, 6:56 AM   #24
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On a final note, I've just purchased a new DVD Writer - Sony-NEC Optiarc AD-7220S which has managed to read 99% of the data that could not be read unsing my Pioneer 105/110 drives.

What's really annoying is the DVDROMs were burnt on the Pioneer drives which couldn't read them but could be read on the Optiarc.

Mustn't grumble as I've got the data back.
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Old Feb 13, 2009, 1:01 PM   #25
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IntrepidWalker wrote:
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On a final note, I've just purchased a new DVD Writer - Sony-NEC Optiarc AD-7220S which has managed to read 99% of the data that could not be read unsing my Pioneer 105/110 drives.

What's really annoying is the DVDROMs were burnt on the Pioneer drives which couldn't read them but could be read on the Optiarc.

Mustn't grumble as I've got the data back.
I've had that problem ... it was just dust on the CD lens, a cheapBIB CD lens cleaner ( looks like a CD sprouting soft whiskers in a ring around the centre @ a little over an

inch) did the trick. Worked for me. ... Jack
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