Please Help!: GSA-4160B can't format 5.2GB DVDRAM

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#1

Hello everyone, Im new here, so I hope you can help me out :iagree:

I recently purchased a spindle of 5.2GB LEAD DATA (double sided) DVD-RAMs from tigerdirect.ca

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1103614&Tab=1&NoMapp=0

Now Im having major problems with these discs. I am unable to format the using any software (InCd, DVDForm). When I try to format it with InCd I get an errormessage telling me that the disc has write protections enabled.

I goto WPTool and try to remove the so-called write protection and it tells me that “this disc is not compatible with the software write-protection function”

Now this is a real pain in the ass as I was looking forward to moving a large
amount of files over to these discs

I should also let you know that I am able to use 4.7GB and 9.4GB discs without problems

Does anyone know what I can do? Ive almost gone completely bananas over trying to figure out what on earth the problem is, Ive litterally lost sleep over this.

I would really really appreciate it if someone out there could help me out! Thank you in advance!

My DVD burner : LG GSA-4160B, external case, USB connected, A302 Firmware

My system: Win XP home, P4 2.0Ghz, Toshiba A10 Satellite 512 MB RAM, 60GB HDD


#2

25 5.2GB double-sided DVD-RAM for 25 Canada Dollars? That sounds very cheap for DVD-RAM. But I notieced they are Lead Data. Never heard Lead Data producing DVD-RAM media. Can you show the media ID code from DVD Identifier?


#3

Hi Kenshin,

How would I get the media ID code? what is the dvd identifier?


#4

Here it is.

http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com/


#5

Hi Kenshin,

This is what I got after clicking “identify”


#6

Sorry, maybe this is the one you needed


#7

Click “Identify” button. Also the other buttons. “Media Code” Block button also shows the detailed media code.


#8

yup, sorry i figured that out later :slight_smile: hehe (see above)


#9

Thanks.

Hm. No manufacturer name at all? Copy all the contents in the “Media Code” since the window does not show all. (Not all lines are important though.)

Maybe the disc is not supported by Hitachi-LG Super-Multi drives. Hitachi is one of the two primary DVD-RAM companies. Do you have any other DVD-RAM media, like from Hitachi-Maxell or Matsushita-Panasonic? They are the best (and also first to be used to make DVD-RAM drives.)


#10

Yes I do have DVD-RAMs from Hitachi-Maxell and the worked perfectly, problem is those were bought in Japan (where DVD-RAM) is much more popular than here and also it seems to be cheaper as well, I was just looking for some cheaper DVD-RAM and I guess I got the worst of the worst :frowning:

Also, I used to have GSA-4120B (external repackaged as a buffalo DVSM-388IU2) which died 3 months ago after the power went off while I was writing. I used to burn some of the best DVD-Rs with that one (also from Japan) and never had any problems,
Ive lost over 10 of those DVD-Rs using this new Drive…not very happy :frowning:

** INFO : Hex Dump Of ‘Media Code’-Block Listed Below
** INFO : 4-Byte Header Preceding ‘Media Code’-Block Discarded
** INFO : Format 00h - Physical Format Information
0000 : 11 02 04 20 00 03 10 00 00 16 b4 7f 00 00 00 00 … …
0010 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0020 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0030 : 3c 0a 6e 32 11 33 11 00 22 44 6e 32 11 33 11 00 <.n2.3…"Dn2.3…
0040 : 22 44 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 "D…
0050 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0060 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0070 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0080 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0090 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00a0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00b0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00c0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00d0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00e0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00f0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0100 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0110 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0120 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0130 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0140 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0150 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0160 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0170 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0180 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0190 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01a0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01b0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01c0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01d0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01e0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
01f0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0200 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0210 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0220 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0230 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0240 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0250 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0260 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0270 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0280 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0290 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02a0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02b0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02c0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02d0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02e0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
02f0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0300 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0310 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0320 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …


#11

Sorry, but it does look like the worst. Lead Data does not make even good DVD-R media and for them making bulk DVD-RAM sounds to me a bad idea.

GSA-4120B and GSA-4160B are identical in hardware and the firmware for both drives work very much alike. Why did the same disks burn well in 4120B and fail in 4160B? Mystery to me.

Hm. I guess it’s likely that HLDS lab in Tokyo never tested that Lead Data DVD-RAM. There are also Optodisc DVD-RAM 9.4GB media. They should be at least better than Lead Data 5.2GB ones. Personally, I’ve used only two Maxell DVD-RAM disks. There are quite many DVD-RAM users but so far very few (experienced) DVD-RAM users post on this forum. (Ironically, DVDplusrw.org, a site dedicated to DVD+RW standard, had lots more DVD-RAM posts.)


#12

Oh well I guess Im gonna have to return these crappy discs

Thanks for your help Kenshin :slight_smile:


#13

Like LG, I’m the king of being conservative. I bought a Memorex DVD-RAM disc (OPTODISC) and it went bad on me. I had it replaced by Memorex (apparently, they mistakenly sent me two) and they have been collecting dust ever since. The Maxell 3x disc that came with my 4082b worked great (it is now full) and that’s all I plan to use. Sadly, 3x (or higher) media is very scarce and expensive at the moment, so I bought a 3 pack of Maxell 2x’s for $12US. I hear that’s a good deal, so I’m sticking with that. Just waiting for LG to crank out that 16x -RAM drive and Maxell to produce the media! :slight_smile:


#14

4 USD for 2x DVD-RAM, expensive! Though it costs 2x more than that in South Korea. :sad: :sad:


#15

I’m hoping that when the time is right, I will be paying about $3 US for Maxell 16x -RAM


#16

I’m using RITEK DVD RAM with 4120B and it’s OK.


#17

Maybe I’ll try BeAll DVD-RAM 3x which is actually made by Matsushita.