Best way to access data off of DVD-RAM Type 1 disk?

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#1

I’ve got a DVD-RAM Type 1 disk that I would like to get some old files off of (created back in school eight years ago…WOW I’m getting old!). I don’t own a DVD-RAM drive (just purchased the media for use in school computers) and I was wondering what the best way to access my data would be.

Should I call down to the local generic computer repair/data retrieval shop? Would they have a drive I could borrow? Or are DVD-RAM drives just so cheap now that I should just purchase one? Not very enthusiastic about purchasing a drive just to access data off of one disk, but if the cost would be about the same as taking it to a data retrieval service…<shrug>

Any advice?

Thanks!


#2

Hi and Welcome![QUOTE=mamamoo;2448373]I’ve got a DVD-RAM Type 1 disk that I would like to get some old files off of (created back in school eight years ago…WOW I’m getting old!). [/quote]Is this one of those discs with either 2.58 Gb or 5.16GB capacity?

Should I call down to the local generic computer repair/data retrieval shop? Would they have a drive I could borrow? Or are DVD-RAM drives just so cheap now that I should just purchase one?
Most modern DVD writers support DVD-RAM. These drives are cheap now. But I am not sure if they can handle the first gen media (these must be pulled out of the cardridge). By chance your drive already supports DVD-RAM? What drive do you have installed?

Perhaps asking a local computer service isn’t really a bad idea then :confused:
If the disc is in good condition, then retrieving the data isn’t difficult. Just read to HDD, then copy to a regular blank DVD. But the drive must support this kind of media.

Michael


#3

Hi Michael–

It’s a 5.2GB double sided Maxell Type 1 rewritable DVD-RAM. It was my understanding that the Type 1 disk can’t be removed from the cartridge case like the later types (figures…I would have the type that can’t be taken out of the plastic casing).

Would you know of any inexpensive drives that can read the Type 1? I was looking over some of the DVD-RAM drives offered on eBay, and a lot of them don’t seem to read the Type 1 DVD-RAM format (DVD-RAM 2 or non-cartridge only).

I have a bad feeling that I’ll be calling the local computer repair shops and they’ll give me that deer-in-the-headlights look when I ask about DVD-RAM in a cartridge… Like going into Best Buy and asking to see a Betamax VCR?


#4

Hi,[QUOTE=mamamoo;2448626]
It’s a 5.2GB double sided Maxell Type 1 rewritable DVD-RAM. It was my understanding that the Type 1 disk can’t be removed from the cartridge case like the later types (figures…I would have the type that can’t be taken out of the plastic casing).[/quote]A nightmare becomes true :eek:. Okay. If a drive that supports these older disc type can be found, I think you don’t mind application of brute force in order to get the disc our of the cartridge.

Would you know of any inexpensive drives that can read the Type 1?
Maybe some ancient Panasonic drive. Ebay might be the only source for these units.
One of these should do the job:
http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/int_drive/dvdrom/sr8585.html
http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/int_drive/dvdrom/sr8584.html
http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/int_drive/dvdrom/sr8587.html
http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/int_drive/dvdrom/sr8588.html
But beware: there are lots of Apple drives of that type on ebay, I am not sure if these support that kind of DVD-RAM. Have a look for Panasonic or Matsushita drives instead.
Also read the remark on the bottom of this site: http://panasonic.net/pcc/products/int_drive/support/info_udf2.html

I have a bad feeling that I’ll be calling the local computer repair shops and they’ll give me that deer-in-the-headlights look when I ask about DVD-RAM in a cartridge… Like going into Best Buy and asking to see a Betamax VCR?
I agree. Something like this will happen.

An idea: perhaps you can contact the school where you created that disc. There might be a chance this drive still exists.

Michael


#5

[QUOTE=michael;2448803]
An idea: perhaps you can contact the school where you created that disc. There might be a chance this drive still exists.[/QUOTE]

That’s a very good idea. Wonder how slowly their department upgraded their computer equipment… :slight_smile:

Thanks for your help!