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MourningStar
2008-05-08, 11:44 AM
Sorry if this has been discussed previously. I learned on another forum that a dvd show burned as a data disc (which I've been doing for back-up/archive purposes) will play 'normally'. I tested this with a few stand alone players and sure enough! My backups play the same as those I burned as 'dvd'. Suddenly, my supply of blank discs has doubled! I'm thinking this is too good to be true, there's gotta be a catch. I'm here lookin' for a 2nd medical, uh, er, technical opinion/confirmation. If true, why do the burners have the two burning modes? Thnx!

direwolf-pgh
2008-05-08, 12:52 PM
a data burn can be any random data.

the dvd data torrent seeds just happen to be offered in the standardized playable format.

if you change the root folder names - they wont be playable.

:hmm: did that make sense ? I dont feel ive told you anything you didnt already know.

wharfrat73
2008-05-08, 07:13 PM
Sorry if this has been discussed previously. I learned on another forum that a dvd show burned as a data disc (which I've been doing for back-up/archive purposes) will play 'normally'. I tested this with a few stand alone players and sure enough! My backups play the same as those I burned as 'dvd'. Suddenly, my supply of blank discs has doubled! I'm thinking this is too good to be true, there's gotta be a catch. I'm here lookin' for a 2nd medical, uh, er, technical opinion/confirmation. If true, why do the burners have the two burning modes? Thnx!

You're correct. You can burn a video DVD as data and it will play fine. Some player will have problems if you put the info files, artwork, checksums, etc in the root folder. None of my (3) players have a problem with those files though.