DVD-RW problem

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    DVD-RW problem

    I have a backup of my files on a DVD-RW, but when I try to copy certain files back to my hard disk I get an error:

    Can't copy <filename>. Can not read data from source file or source disk

    This is a translation, so I don't know wether the English version of windows would display this exact message. But you get the point.

    The strange thing is that it seems only files with a certain character in it can't be read. For example, I have a couple of folders:

    Laura
    Merel
    Wouter
    Paul & Monique

    I have no problem copying the files from my own directory (Wouter), but it's impossible to copy my parent's directory (Paul & Monique) or any file in that directory.

    I'm using Windows XP Media Centre
    The DVD was burned using Nero (version 6 I believe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snip
    The strange thing is that it seems only files with a certain character in it can't be read.
    Yes, I have experienced this with Windows as well. Windows allows you to add, for example, French accent characters, but when you often try to transfer the files, you end up with errors. You might want to try copying the files in DOS mode.

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    That doesn't work either:

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    > copy "F:\Paul & Monique\<filename>" "C:\<filename>"
    Invalid parameter
            copied 0 file(s)
    When doing the exact same for a file in directory "Wouter", the file is copied without any problem. Any other ideas?

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    Could it be the ampersand which is causing problems? Try going into DOS mode (that is, not in the MS-DOS prompt, COMPLETE DOS).

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    Try referring to the directory as you would in MS-DOS. If there are no more long P directories, it would be something like paul~1 or paulmo~1.

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    I don't know how to get in DOS mode (is that even possible with XP?). I tried to copy files using the short dir name (which is "PAUL&M~8"), but I get the same error as mentioned above: "Invalid parameter". Perhaps some sort of third party software can help, but what kind of software would this be? Any ideas on what I should search for?

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    It's simple actually. Just enter "command" instead of "cmd" to Run, and the console thinks it's in DOS (even shows dir names like ~).

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    Doesn't work either. I tried opening it in Linux, but I still get an error. This one might be of more use solving this problem:

    When opening the file from the File Browser, it says:

    Cannot open foto vos.jpg
    The filename "photo.jpg" indicates that this file is of type "JPEG image". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type "plain text document". If you open this file, the file might present a security risk to your system.

    Do not open the file unless you created the file yourself, or received the file from a trusted source. To open the file, rename the file to the correct extension for "plain text document", then open the file normally. Alternatively, use the Open With menu to choose a specific application for the file.


    When trying to open it through "Open With -> Text Editor", I get:

    Could not open the file "/media/cdrecorder/Paul & Monique/Monique/photo.jpg"
    I/O error


    Any ideas?

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