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SaintStrive 09-18-2004 01:34 PM

Burn Data DVD... Read Data in Linux and Windows
-I installed a new NEC-3500A 16 x DVD burner.
-Just loaded Fedora Core 2 (It has the software k3b, growisofs.. etc. installed)
-k3b errors out with dvds, but will burn cd's fine.
-I am using 8x memorex dvd-r 4.7GB media

I turned to growisofs from the command line, and did a:

growisofs -Z /dev/cdrom -r /{some directory with tars in it}

That command burns to dvd, but the tars appear to be corrupt in linux. They read fine in windows.

I cannot use the -speed={speed of 1-8} ... growisofs says cannot change speed.

I have also tried adding -J in the line right after the -r, but growisofs doesn't like it.

k3b has problems, burning files over 4.4GB. k3b also errors out because its trying to change the drive speed... and like I said growisofs didn't like that.

Also, i have been burning tars because burning untarred files and directories changes the capitalization and name length.

I am trying to use the burner to backup data files that rest on an ext3 drive.

I know I have alot here... any help would be greatly appreciated.

CroMagnon 09-18-2004 03:14 PM

Have you tried using mkisofs directly to make an ISO image on your harddrive? growisofs has caused problems for me any time I didn't do this. Also, if you use mkisofs at least once, you can mount the image via loopback to make sure it's readable under linux - that way if it doesn't work, you can fiddle with the mkisofs parameters until it does, and then try giving those to growisofs directly.

SaintStrive 09-18-2004 04:49 PM


Thanks for the reply.... I have not tried mkisofs by itself. So to be sure I get this right... I would use mkisofs to make an image file on my hd... and then use growisofs to burn the image?

What is loopback? I have never mounted an image file before would it go like this?:
mkdir /mnt/tempimage
mount ./image.iso /mnt/tempimage

Makeing an image file first will deffinatly sve me some dvd coasters!!

Do you have any clue how to get the speed option to work?

thank you!

CroMagnon 09-18-2004 05:04 PM

Yep, sounds like you've got it, except for a small detail on the mount command. Here's an example of the whole shebang:

mkisofs -o large.iso directory_with_tars
mkdir /mnt/tempimage
mount -o loop large.iso /mnt/tempimage
[check /mnt/tempimage files)
growisofs -Z /dev/dvd=large.iso

I'm not sure about changing the speed, but when the ISO image is fine, I have not burnt a single coaster with this method (even though the write speed was all over the place when the machine was busy...)

Good luck!

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