I have a bunch of home movies on DVD+Rs in one of the VR formats (pretty sure it’s +VR but could be wrong)… I want to back up ISOs of these discs. Problem? Getting a drive to read them. I have an external Samsung optical drive (model SE-S084C) hooked up to my Windows XP-Boot Camped MacBook.
Under XP I have the latest ISOBuster (free version) installed… however the drive, which doesn’t understand the VR disc, tries to read it several times and gives up. It doesn’t even tell Windows that a disc is in the drive, and ISOBuster continues to say “no media present”.
I know the discs themselves aren’t too messed up because normal DVD players will play them just fine. I just can’t seem to get a computer DVD drive to understand them. One or two are really scratched, but most aren’t, and even those really unscratched ones will not mount. Can someone recommend a solution? Is there away to force ISOBuster to read the disc, or is there a brand/model/whatever of DVD drive that works well with VR discs?
I really, really want to be able to back these up… They’re already what, 3 or 4 years old now? I know enough about burnable DVDs to know they aren’t guaranteed to last. These are family videos backed up from ancient VHS’s. I don’t want to go through that all over again, and even if I did, I don’t know what kind of shape the tapes will be in. Please, can anyone offer me a solution?