Well, thanks for your efforts to help, Mack, but you persist in what I believe is a misunderstanding of what the problem is.
MS Windows, for good reasons, imposes certain restrictions on file (and directory) names. For example, the name can’t be over 255 characters, can’t contain the characters , /, :, *, ?, <, >, or |, and apparently can’t contain any of the control codes 0 through 31 (decimal). It might be possible to make names with such “invalid” characters with a disk editor, but ordinarily, the operating system won’t allow them.
DVDFab Platinum 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52, and I guess any of the DVDFab Platinum 3 releases, and perhaps other current DVDFab products, insist on trying to make a temporary directory named the same of the source disc label, and in “Clone” mode, the file names also contain the source disc label, even when that label doesn’t make a valid directory/file name. As expected, this causes MS Windows to error out when trying to create the temporary directory with the invalid name, and as far as I’ve been able to determine, DVDFab Platinum 3 doesn’t give me any option to use a different temporary directory (or for Clone mode, file) name.
I don’t believe that my DVD drive is having any trouble reading this DVD, or that it’s a problem with my PC. Note that other PCs show this disc as having exactly the same label.
Nor do I see reason to think that there’s anything wrong with this disc, unless you count the strange disc label as being a “defect”. This happens to be a double-sided (both sides single-layer) DVD, with the “Wide Screen” version on one side and the “Full Screen” version on the other side. Both sides have exactly the same label; what are the odds of both sides having exactly the same error? I’ve owned this disc long enough that I’m not certain of where I purchased it, and in any case, it plays just fine. Can you imagine asking for a replacement disc on the grounds that this (copy-protected) disc can’t be copied?
I don’t know why this particular disc has such a strange label. It could be that it’s intentional as a rather primitive form of copy-protection. Anyway, with the current release of DVDFab Platinum, it seems to be an effective form of copy-protection.
Anyway, I’ve now made a back-up of this disc using DVDFab Platinum (Gold Mode) 184.108.40.206, so my problems with this particular disc are now solved. The old release changed the label to “SONY_”, that is, it replaced the control code 5 with an underscore character. I suppose that various other work-arounds with other software should be possible.
But shouldn’t we be able to make back-ups of discs with problematic labels with the current release of DVDFab without resorting to work-arounds with old releases or other software?