DVD data burning woes
#115 Henry, Sunday, 26 June 2011 6:02 PM (Category: Linux)
(Tags: dvd burn)

I use DVDs to make backups on my Linux system. I've been using cheap DVD drives for a long time, and they've been fine. I can throw in CDs, DVD-R and DVD+R and burn data without any problems at all. (My Macs require DVD-R and not DVD+R, but the cheap drives Linux take either format). I recently replaced my worn out cheap DVD drive on my Linux desktop with a cheap generic Blu-Ray drive. It reads and writes cds, it reads Blu-Ray disks, and tonight I discovered I can't burn DVDs on it. I get this error message

/dev/sr0: media is not recognized as recordable DVD: 0

A quick look through dmesg shows it is recognised as

24x/24x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray

where my previous DVD-burner is shown as

48x/48x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray

The Blu-Ray is missing the dvd-ram clause. I guess that means I can't burn DVD data disks on this drive. Lesson learned - read the specs carefully before buying.