CloneDVD will NOT write

Discussion in 'CloneDVD' started by PiroNaut, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. PiroNaut

    PiroNaut New Member

    I always use Sony DVD-R discs. I have had multiple successes in the past with CloenDVD. Lately, CloneDVD will read a disc and create the temp files but then won't write to the blank disc. I keep getting an error message saying that the disc in my burner is unwritable. Then it asks me to insert a writable media which once I do, nothing happens. The only options in the in the error dialogue box is "cancel" and "eject". The blank discs I'm using are brand new and right out of the container.
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator


    1. Update your burner's firmware (if available)

    2. Use good quality media (Memorex, Ritek, Princo, Fuji, TDK from Costco, and Maxell that are not made in Japan are not good quality media). Are you using inferior blank media? If you're not using Taiyo Yuden Premium, Verbatim, Maxell Plus, or Maxell Broadcast Quality, then chances are the answer is yes.
    If you use poor quality blank media, then you should expect problems.


    3. Try lowering your burn speed (not below 4x; if you have a 16x burner and 16x rated media try writing to it at 12x instead of 16x; an 8x burn speed on 16x rated media wouldn't be a bad idea either)

    4. If you're using +R, +RW, or +R DL media, change the booktype to "dvd-rom" (step 3)

    5. Avoid sticker labels (they tend to cause problems)

    6. Try setting a custom size of 4300 in Clonedvd (but if you're using good media, you shouldn't have to) if you're using regular single layer dvd-5 (4.7GB) discs.

    7. Download Nero cd-dvd speed. It's a free program. Select the tab labeled "scandisc". Insert the problematic backup disc, select the appropriate drive letter, and click "start". If Nero cd-dvd speed reports read errors, your backup is bad (which is the most likely case), your optical drive may be slowly dying, or your optical drive simply doesn't like the disc (or your choice of blank media)--even if the disc looks fine.

    Bad burn quality is notorious around the end of discs (see step 6)
    and also at layer breaks when using low quality DL media (use Verbatim +R DL media made in Singapore, and change the booktype to "dvd-rom")

    read fully please
  3. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    1. Do steps 8 and 9 from here:

    2. Do steps 3 and 4 from here: (note that step 4 requires you to post information)

    3. If you were using Taiyo Yuden Premium or Verbatim blank media and were getting that error message, that would leave me to believe your burner is dying. As it is you're using Sony (and not all Sony blank media is good), so I'd recommend switching to something that is well respected instead.