Old 15-09-2004   #1
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what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

Im new to the dvd burning scene. I have a .mds file and a .iso file. At first I thought it was a .md5 file to check the iso for corruption. Is the iso/mds like bin/cue. you dont really need the mds or the cue file to burn with nero. anyhoo nero burn the iso image just fine.

I just got a new Pioneer DVR-108 drive (BLK OEM) from Newegg with 5 blank DVD-R's


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Re: what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

MDS = Media Descriptor CD Image File

This file is used by several different programs. It generally is found with an .ISO CD image file and is the equivalent of what a .CUE file is to a .BIN image.
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Re: what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

i thought mds was the native partner of mdf (used by alcohol), it normaly containes extra data like phisical media layout or RPMS i think.

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Re: what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

That's true Ben. DVDDecryptor also creates MDS file to go along with ISO file.
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Re: what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

yep, and Fantom CD Emulator and IsoBuster Data Recovery Tool
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Re: what's a .MDS file ? (I know the .ISO format)

so the alcohol program is the only one that uses it (mds). it wasnt an option with nero. the burned dvd works fine in my old stand-alone player.
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Oh, so if I want to burn an .ISO image file (7.47 GB), I should also burn the companion .MDS file ?
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^ Use the mds file as input into ImgBurn to burn your ISO file to a double layer disc.

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Thanks Kerry. So I launch ImgBurn and use "Select Files" to choose the. MDS file and then enter the label, select the burn speed and then click on the "Burn" icon. Is there anything else that I need to do ?
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That should work. You should be in Write Mode in ImgBurn.

I always have the .mds file and ISO file in the same folder on the hard drive.
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Thanks Kerry. So I launch ImgBurn and use "Select Files" to choose the. MDS file and then enter the label, select the burn speed and then click on the "Burn" icon. Is there anything else that I need to do ?
If you want to change the label, you need to do this here in the program, before you start the burn.

Main menu -> Tools -> ISO -> change label name

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Thanks Kerry. So I launch ImgBurn and use "Select Files" to choose the. MDS file and then enter the label, select the burn speed and then click on the "Burn" icon. Is there anything else that I need to do ?
No, use the Write image file to disc button first, then choose the .mds file or the corresponding .ISO.
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Answering a question from harishkumar09 that he posted in a pm. The mds file contains m.e.t.a.data about the ISO, but won't include information regarding the separate folder you have with the posters. So using the mds file as input won't include the posters.

You could extract the Audio and Video_TS folders from the ISO, then build a new ISO and add the folder with the posters in this new ISO file. Mount the ISO image file in a virtual drive like VirtualClone Drive to access the files within it. VirtualClone Drive is free to download and use.

ImgBurn can build a new ISO for you if use Build Mode and set Output to Image File. I think I'd put the poster folder within the Video_TS folder, where it would be ignored by any player, but it would still be available for you to find using a computer to access the files and folders within the dvd. This would work assuming the poster folder doesn't increase the total size of the compilation beyond that which will fit onto your target disc.
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Thanks Kerry56, I will try that and get back to you !
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If you want to change the label, you need to do this here in the program, before you start the burn.

Main menu -> Tools -> ISO -> change label name

When you do this, it asks for a file to be opened. What do I do ?
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When you do this, it asks for a file to be opened. What do I do ?
Of course you have to open the ISO file you want to modify. Browse your hard disk files to find the ISO and then made all changes you need. Finally, press the Apply button to make changes effective and then OK to close the window
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Just curious, if you rename the ISO, will the original mds file still point to the renamed ISO when you try to burn?
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Good question, I never tried this

Moreover, I don't know if changing the ISO label, not the file name, the .mds must be modified too
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This was helpful to me, thanks a lot!
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