Clone DVD

I have downloaded the trial version of clone dvd and Any dvd. When I try to copy a movie, my computer reads the entire disk, then when it tries to write to a new disk, I get a message bad media. Its a brand new disk. It also says check my region settings which I have and are correct. And, do I NEED AnyDVD to copy a movie?


What type of blank media are you using? What burner are you using? Do you have the latest firmware?

Yes, you do need AnyDVD to enable CloneDVD2 to be able to backup a commercial DVD movie.

I am using Verbatim Digital Movie DVD-R 4x
My burner is a Sony DRU-800A 16x

@ nynewyawk,

The problem you are reporting is most likely caused by DVD media incompatibility between your DVD Burner and the particular DVD media you are using. If you are experiencing difficulty with your DVD media it is prudent to insure that your DVD Burner has the most current up to date firmware available for your DVD Burner installed.

To determine the current firmware of your DVD burner use a software utility similar to DVDInfo Pro (

Suggest visiting the CD Freaks Lite-On/Sony DVD Forum ( for information on obtaining the latest firmware available for your Sony DRU-800A 16x DVD Burner. The folks at the CD Freaks Lite-On/Sony DVD Forum are very knowledgeable and have developed various firmwares that optimize the full potential of your DVD burner. Note- Sony DVD-ROMs and DVD Burners are manufacture by Lite-On.

If after installing the most current up to date firmware available for your DVD Burner your problem still exists you need to pursue obtaining known good reliable DVD media.

Saying you are using Verbatim Digital Movie DVD-R 4x Media does not describe the actual DVD Media you are using. Most DVD media retailers do not manufacture their own DVD media; they just purchase the media from a DVD media manufacture and then put it in boxes with their name on the box. To accurately describe your DVD media you need to provide the Manufacture ID and Media Code (Example- RitekG05). You can obtain the Manufacture ID and Media Code by using DVDInfo Pro ( or similar software utility.

A little help in deciding which DVD media to use.

Suggest visiting the CD Freaks DVD Recorder Forum ( for your particular DVD Burner and see which DVD Media other Forum members have reported that work for them.

Suggest visiting the CD Freaks Media Forum ( and see which DVD Media other Forum members have reported as good reliable DVD media.

Suggest visiting the Video Help DVD Media List ( and see what other users have reported about particular DVD Media.

Concerning the quality of DVD media. The saying “You Only Get What You Pay For” fully applies to DVD media. If the price is cheap the quality is also probably cheap. Remember most dropouts, freezing, skipping and other related problems can be traced to cheap, inferior, substandard DVD media.

Some problems caused by poor DVD media can be overcome by taking a couple actions. Slow down your burning speed. Limit all background activity while Burning DVDs including Ant-Virus programs. Defragment your Hard Drive (Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter). Check for Spyware by running Spybot-Search & Destroy (

Best Regards,

I can’t update my firmware (have sumitted to Sony) because Windows XP won’t allow me into the resources for the burner to disable the DMA setting.


Please re-read my original posting in this thread; Sony DVD burners are actually Lite-On Burners. Your Sony DRU-800A is rebadged Lite-On SOHW-1693S. Visit the Code Guys Site ( and download the latest Sony DRU-800A version JY03 firmware. Inside the Sony 800a KY03 Stock WinRar file is the “Flasher” file that will install the version KY03 firmware. There is no need to disable the DMA mode when flashing/upgrading the firmware. If are still uncertain on how to flash/upgrade the Sony DRU-800A firmware visit the CD Freaks Lite-On/Sony DVD Forum ( read the “Read First” postings in the beginning on the Forum for detailed information on how to flash/upgrade your DVD Burner.

Best Regards,

Will do that.
Here is something else, though I dont know if it means anything. When I place a clean unused DVD-R into my burner, my computer doesnt see the disk. Windows explorer tells me to “insert disk”. Does this have anything to do with anything?

Upgraded my firmware, it works now. Thanks for all your help and support, it is GREATLY appreciated!!!

@ nynewyawk,

DVD Burner firmware is one of the parameters that is used to identify the media inserted into the device. That is one reason why you need to ensure that your DVD Burner has the latest firmware available installed.

Perchance could you provide the Manufacture ID and Media Code of the DVD media you are using? See my initial posting in this thread on how to obtain this information.

Best Regards,

OK, the first movie I burned works in both my burner and my DVD Rom drive, however, the 2nd movie I burned only works in my burner and NOT my DVD Rom. What caused this to happen?

Here is the info you requested about the disks:

Media code/Manufacturer ID MCC 01RG20

@ nynewyawk,

The current problem you are describing is related to the blank DVD Media you are using. Even poorly burned DVDs usually will play in the DVD Burner they were burned in but fail to pay in stand-alone desktop DVD players. They key is to have your finished DVD play in whatever stand-alone desktop DVD player that anyone might have. A properly Burned DVD will do just that.

Lite-On DVD Burners perform better when using DVD+R media than they do when using DVD-R media. Remember that your Sony DRU-800A is actually a Lite-On SOHW-1693S.

Your Verbatim Digital Movie DVD-R 4x MCC 01RG20 isn’t top of the line DVD media and has been noted it the past as having poor quality control problems. Remember as stated above Lite-On Burners perform better with DVD+R media. Taiyo Yuden has track record as top of the line DVD Media. Rima Com ( is a reliable source for Yaiyo Yuden DVD media. Suggest visiting there and getting Taiyo Yuden DVD+R media.

Also suggest re-reading my initial posting in this thread concerning DVD media.

Best Regards,