Unfinalized DVD+Rs recorded on LG RH 177S (DVD Recorder)

Hello,

I have received a total of 9 discs of DVD+R (SONY DVD+R ver1.3/1x-16x ‘AccuCORE’) recorded by my sister on her LG RH177S (standalone DVD Recorder). It contains episodes of a drama series recorded off the television broadcasted in Asia.

However I am residing in Canada and the discs that I recieved from her are ‘unplayable’ on any other standalone DVD player or computer/laptop, whether Windows XP or Vista. But she say she tested and they were playable on her LG RH 177S. I highly suspect she didn’t finalized the discs.

When I tried the discs on a PS2 (dvd player mode) it was unable to read the discs. I also tried on a portable DVD player (those with built-in LCD screen), was unable to read the discs.

I also tried the discs on my IBM Notebook, under Windows XP->“My Computer” it detected the the disc as “DVD-ROM”.
When Right-click->Properties-> File System: RAW.
When Double-clicking (opening) it revealed its contents are ‘empty’.

I understand that a DVD Video disc would usually have two folders:

  • VIDEO_TS folder
  • AUDIO_TS folder

I have used DVD Dercypter before (many years), excellent program if not the BEST! I read in forums that the new iteration, ‘ImgBurn’ is able to manually CLOSE unfinalized DVDs. (Tools-> Driver->Close ->Track/Session/Disc)

Any advise/help is greatly appreciated, Thank you!
Sincerely,
Amos

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Troubleshooting Done on

  • IBM Thinkpad T43, Windows XP
    Ultrabay Slim “MULTI RECORDER” DVD-/+RW
    (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-822S)
  • Working on Disc 1 ONLY (1of9)

1) On Nero 6
‘DiscInfo’ -
when UNTOUCHED discs are showed as ‘DVD-Video’ ‘DVD+R’
- Sessions: 1
- Tracks: 2
- Book Type: DVD+R
- Track 01: 0 31,744KB unknown (Mode 1)
- Track 02: 15888 3,509,248KB Data (Mode 1)
(See 1st screenshot)


2) Imgburn 2.4.2.0
As advised by LIGHTING_UK in the forums, I HAVE TRIED in this order

  • Tools->Drive-> Close -> Track
    (After clicking, it seems that it was successful. But ‘nothing’ happens, no success prompt or any alert)

  • Tools->Drive-> Close -> Session
    (So I proceeded to try ‘Close->Session’.)
    (I/O Error:
    Interpretation: Check Condition
    Intrpretation: Close Track/Session
    Interpretation: Illegal Mode For This Track)

  • Tools->Drive-> Close -> Disc
    (Similar I/O Error)


Disc 1 (After using Tools>Drive->Close->Track)

[i]MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-822S 1.03 (ATA)
Current Profile: DVD+R

Disc Information:
Status: Incomplete
Erasable: No
Sessions: 1
Supported Write Speeds: 2.4x

Physical Format Information (ADIP):
Disc ID: SONY-D21-00
Book Type: DVD+R
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
Disc ID: SONY-D21-00
Book Type: DVD+R
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0[/i]

Disc 2 (UNTOUCHED)

[i]MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-822S 1.03 (ATA)
Current Profile: DVD+R

Disc Information:
Status: Incomplete
Erasable: No
Free Sectors: 15,872
Free Space: 32,505,856 bytes
Free Time: 03:33:47 (MM:SS:FF)
Supported Write Speeds: 2.4x

Physical Format Information (ADIP):
Disc ID: SONY-D21-00
Book Type: DVD+R
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
Disc ID: SONY-D21-00
Book Type: DVD+R
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0[/i]

Many recomend ISOBuster for DVD video recovery, so I tried it.

3) ISO Buster 2.4
Disc 2 onwards (3,4,5,6,7,8,9)

  • Using its recovery function (lengthy extraction) I was to view and extract out the VIDEO_TS folders to my hard disk. SUCCESS!! (see screenshot)

However on Disc 1

  • that was manually “CLOSED” using ImgBurn close function ('Tools->Disc->Close->Track)
  • was detected as a blank and unrecognizable
  • hence ‘unrecoverable’