Format a DVD with UDF

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by tedrik, Jun 30, 2005.

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  1. tedrik

    tedrik Registered Member

    Jun 30, 2005

    I just installed a Pioneer A09XL DVD burner and now wish to do a full image backup. I have read the "backup to DVD" FAQ section but I am still a bit confused.

    How do I format my DVDs ? I have installed the bundled Ulead software that came with my DVD burner but, when formatting through Windows XP Pro (SP1), my "Dell pre-installed" Sonic RecordNow software looks like it does the actual formatting of the DVD. How do I know if it is formatting the DVDs correctly ?

    I did try to image straight to DVD (after the DVDs were formatted) and it looked like TI 8.0 did in fact do the image backup. So, now I'm wondering what "UDF packet DVD writing software" was used to do the backup.

    Thanks !
  2. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    The Sonic software includes the DLA (Drive Letter Access) utility to format CD and DVD disks. If you insert a blank DVD+RW disk, I believe you will see a popup window offering to format the disk. That's DLA in action. The DLA utility is also available from the Start button / All Programs / Sonic folder.

    To confirm that you have made a good backup, use the "Check Image" function in True Image. It's on the left hand side of the main screen.

    Sounds like you are doing well.
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello tedrik,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are really sorry for the inconveniences.

    We will certainly implement direct DVD recording in Acronis True Image in the future.

    Thank you.
    Irina Shirokova
  4. tedrik

    tedrik Registered Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Thanks to both JMK94903 and Irina from Acronis.

    The Image backup stright to DVD was verified.

    JMK94903, yes I do see the "Format media ?" pop up box.
    It was just the Sonic "DLA" that threw me.
    I was confused between the DLA and UDF TLA (3 letter acronym)
    But, in reading on-line, I see DLA allows direct drive access.
    It also supports Dual Layer discs (Yea !)

    Irina, yes direct DVD recording would be nice but,
    now that I understand what is going on, I can live
    wothout it.

    Thanks again !
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