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A content on DVD disk is not visible

Two years ago I made a back up copy of a home movie in .avi format on DVD disk. At the same time I also made a DVD version of that movie. I kept those disks in a folder. Now, nether one of my three computers can see the content of these two disks. They tell that disks are empty, but it is visible that they are not empty. Other similar disks are fine and computers work properly.

Thank you! Leon

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  • linberl Oct 15, 2008

    Not exactly. One of the three computers is the old one that was used to make those DVDs. Two other computers are the new and have different operating system (Vista versus XP). Thanks. Leon

  • linberl Oct 20, 2008

    Thank you cbinny1! No, it does work. Philips DVD player that plays almost everything tells that AVI disk is empty. I read that DVDshrink software might help, but I don't want to buy it if I don't know the result.


  • linberl Oct 21, 2008

    You were right, “if the pc can’t see the files then DVD Shrink will not help”, I tried. But, thank you for the link, it is very helpful given that making home-video movies is my hobby.

    Coming back to my problem, my DVDs are not scratched at all, they have been kept in a zipped folder for DVDs with only one disk in the compartment at room temperature. They have been made 2.5 years ago and tested before the storage. At that time, a few copies of the movie were given to my friends and they worked, but now they became not visible as well. When I place my disks in a DVD playing device I hear only a few movements, but I don’t hear that disk rotates, then I am getting a message “disk is empty” or “no disk”. This is a frustrating mystery for me. Once again, thank you very much for your effort to help me.


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    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    would it be a good guess that you are using an operating system on the new computer that is different from the one that made the DVD?


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Can you play the DVD's in a DVD player that is attached to a TV? Most DVD players will play an AVI file....Keep in mind that data will only last for 5 years on any CD or DVD......if it is stored correctly.....Heat Kills.....Let me know if you can get it to play on a regular DVD player...(NON PC)


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    Craig Binford Oct 20, 2008

    I don’t think there is a need to buy DVD Shrink…here is a link to a free copy of version 3.2 It is what I use all the time...How ever it requires a copy of Nero.....but if your pc cant see the files when you try to explore the disks then DVD Shrink will be a waste of money (if you buy it) and time for this issue....Are the DVD's scratched at all? & what type of environment were they stored in? Just fishing in the dark....there has to be an easy solution to this.... Let me know I'm still looking into it...Good Luck



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