DMR-ES15 DVD+RW Formatting issues.... HELP!

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#1

The DMR-ES15 works fine and dandy with a brand new blank DVD+RW , it writes to it , reads it and is able to fomat it many times over…

So here is what happens… I put in a brand new BLANK disk, the DMR-ES15 prompts me to format it, I choose yes, and it formats it and all is well. Once I record the show I want to keep to the disk, I finalize it and eject it. I then take the DVD+RW to my pc and rip the show from the disk.

I take the disk and put it back in the DMR-ES15 and the DMR-ES15 says it is unformatted??? So I try and format the disk using the DMR-ES15. And it sounds like its working and tells me “FORMAT COMPLETE”. And as soon as I acknowledge “OK” the DMR-ES15 tells me the DVD+RW is unformatted and asks me if I want to format it again. This continues over and over until I power off.

The DMR-ES15 seems to only like NEW BLANK DVD+RW disks, once anything is recorded on them, and ejected from the player, if I try and put the same disk back in, it cannot read it, if I erase the disk on my PC it tries to format it and nothing happens.

I have also tried to erase the DVD+RWs on my PC and then put them back into the DMR-ES15, sadly the same endless circle of formatting happens.

I’ve used the following programs to erase my DVD+RW trying to get it back to a “BRAND NEW BLANK STATE”. No matter what I use to erase the DVD+RW , IsoBuster 2.0 always shows the disk as Having 1 Session and 1 Track…

Nero 7
Nero InCD5
ImgBurn
Alcohol 120%

Any ideas? :sad:


#2

Try DVD-RW discs?


#3

sadly the same thing happens… :frowning: Though I only have 2 DVD-RWs. So that was all I could test it on.

The only disk the player seems to have no problems with is the DVD-RAM disk…


#4

The behavior definitely isn’t normal, at least based upon my own experience with this particular recorder.

My ES15 has a similar issue with DVD+RW discs that have been erased using Nero Ultra Edition 6 on my computer…however, as soon as I format the disc on the Panasonic, all is well.

Are you always erasing the discs on your computer before putting them back in the Panasonic?


#5

After the recorder wasn’t able to format the disks, i tried erasing them with Nero 7 and each of the other 3 programs I listed above, I would think they are erased since I do FULL ERASE and not the quick option. But after the Nero erase I pop the disk back in the DMR-ES15 and it never formats them, just keeps trying over and over. Do you think Nero is what is messing up the disks? :doh:

The disks themselves still work fine on the PC and I can use them there but for the DMR-ES15, they end up creating the endless format loop.

But that doesn’t explain why once I take out a newly recorded show from the DMR-ES15 copy the files over to my PC for editing, and then put the disk back in it , it tells me its not formatted. :frowning: Its like the player forgets it just had that very same disk in it 10 minutes ago, lol.


#6

Is your Panasonic still under warranty? From the above, it definitely sounds like a defective unit.

My own DMR-ES15 doesn’t like the way that Nero 6.0 erases/formats DVD+RW discs…it will display an error that I’m trying to use an unformatted disc…however, all I have to do afterwards is use the Pansonic’s format option. That works every time.

Even odder is the problem you’re describing above. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why these RW+ discs aren’t playable in the Panasonic after you rip the contents to your PC.

Again, this definitely sounds like a defective unit. If it’s still possible to return the recorder to the place of purchase for a replacement, I would recommend it. If it’s past that period, and if the unit it still under warranty, it sounds as if it’s time to contact Panasonic customer service.