I’ve been doing a lot of research but am getting really frustrated with the lack of plain language and practical uses for all the different file systems. Basically I’m wanting to back up files (mainly live music shows) to DVD. But I’m finding that discs burned on one computer sometimes can’t be read on another and vise versa. My goal is to make these discs able to be read by at least all XP machines. If someone could please help me with any of my following questions, or at least point me to a good guide explaining PRACTICAL uses for FAT16/32, NTFS, UDF, CDFS, ISO, Juliet and any others I’m bound to come across as options to use when burning.
- For instance, I just burned some music files (some very large ones) onto a Verbatim DVD-DL thru Nero, only to insert it into my other XP machine and not have it able to read it “Drive is not accessible”. I put it back into the computer that burned it and it could read it fine. “My Computer” labled the file system as CDFS. Is that what is best when burning data to DVD’s?? Why can one computer read it but not the other? Both computers have combo drives able to read and write everything.
2)I just found a DVD-RAM 4.7 disc that had been burned by a Win98se system, that I wanted to use. I put the disc into my laptop (same computer that was able to read the CDFS DVD9 above) and noticed that it was labeled as full, yet only showed one folder of music that was no more than 600mb’s!! Where are the other files taking up the remaining 4gigs??? File system for this disc was labeled as UDF. Then when I put the RAM disk into the desktop (same computer above that couldn’t read the CDFS DVD9) I get the message “Drive is not accessible”.
So I’m thinking there is some conflict of methods that these disk are being burned. I understand that the different filesytems have different ways of storing data, I just can’t figure out which is best for my needs, or what programs use what system.
Obviously reliability and compatibility is the most important. At least being able to be read by ALL XP machines.
Maybe there is a better program (like IMGBURN) that I should be using for data, where I have control over what filesystem it uses?
Also speaking of image’s, as far as I can tell, they are just a more secure way of making sure that the burn completes properly? But if I’m not having any burning issues (all my computers have plenty of memory and processing power) then an image isn’t really necessary? Or do images play a part in compatibility??
If people could help me out, add what they know, maybe I’ll make a little FAQ from this, so other people who aren’t as technical can get practical information of these obviously important options.