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Old 12-02-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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If I look at a DVD-ROM and eject it, it ALWAYS says "Preparing disk so other computers can use it" and it spins for a while, and then ejects. Why does it do that if I only looked at the files and didn't add/change or delete any files??
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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Software bug?

In my *very* early days of reccording CDs with the piece-of-S recording function built in to piece-of-S WinNT 5.1, that would appear in the status bar as the disk was being finalised (the table of contents written out and session being closed). No reason why it should be doing that for a ROM disk. (I assume you're referring to a factory-pressed disk, not a computer-recorded one.) It probably shouldn't hurt the disk either.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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If it's a DVD that you made on that computer at one time in the past and never closed the session (finalized), then you'll get that message from certain vendors software when the software notices it and compares the burn date to the current date. It thinks you made an error by not closing it.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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What software do you use for burning??
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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The built-in software in Windows Explorer. I know it's not the best way to do it. But I checked the disk and the files are okay.

I thought I did "finalize" the disk or else the files wouldn't be there.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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I thought I did "finalize" the disk or else the files wouldn't be there.
The files are always there. Finalize makes the DVD readable on other devices using other drives.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:48 PM
 
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"The built-in software in Explorer. I know it's not the best way to do it."
http://imgburn.com/
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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When I eject, it says "please wait while the disk is closed so it can be used on other computers"
Does that mean it's being finalized?

If not, how do I finalize it? I didn't see the word "finalize" anywhere on the menus in Windows Explorer.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:48 PM
 
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Uh oh it says this on MS's help page:

Close or finalize a CD or DVD - Windows Help

"When you burn a CD or DVD using Windows Explorer, the disc is not finalized."
But when I ejected, it says "please wait while the disk is closed so it can be used on other computers."
Confused now.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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It has to do with how you create the disk to start with.

When you place a new blank disk in the drive, Windows will ask if want to use the disk "like a USB flash drive" or "With a CD/DVD player"

If you use the USB drive option, then you can add more files to the disk later, but the disk is never finalized.

From the page you linked:

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.
  2. In Windows Explorer, click the disc burner drive, and then click Close session on the toolbar.
    The session will be closed, so the disc can be used in other computers.

Once that happens, you won't be able to add any more files to the disk, but you won't get the "closing session" message anymore either.
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