Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nero issue with Blu Ray connected to external SATA


Since Blu Ray recording drives for desktop PC become cheaper, more and more people set them as god backup solution for their home PCs. Having 25, 50 or even 100 Gigs on disk make this solution valuable enough to compete to network drives. Since version 10 Nero start supporting Blu Ray recording. Recently when I transfer my computer to another case I found a very interesting issue that been reported on Nero forums but till present time was no strong solution - only advices , but they help me to find out how to solve this issue.

Symptoms: When you trying to rerecord blu ray compilation to disk Nero says its impossible write to CD-R. When you have Blu Ray drive selected with BD-R disk inserted - pressing Disk Info will give you that it is CD-ROM drive with CD-R disk inserted. So Nero treat this drive as CD-ROM drive.

At the same time, Windows 8 using its built in recording engine successfully burn BD-R on the same drive. Nero Info tool shows drive has Blu Ray support. Ashampoo burning software also burn Blu Ray compilation without any problem.

Issue persists in Windows 7 and Windows 8 with Nero 10, 11 and 12 !
I have Pioneer BDR-205 (fw 1.11 & 1.08) , motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5.

Solution: If you experience this problem I suppose you have connected you Blu Ray drive to Gigabyte SATA connectors. Motherboard have 6 SATA connectors connected to SouthBridge and 2 additional in row connected to G-SATA (Marvell chip).
 You need to have you Blu Ray drive connected to main SATA connectors to make Nero work correctly  with it. As soon as you do this when you start Nero to burn Blu Ray compilation it will detect your disk as BD-R and will burn without any problems.

I not suggest you to use native Windows 8 burning engine  nor for  BluRay nor DVD/CD disks because it does not have recording speed setting - it use maximum possible speed and it cause read errors in most cases and backup useless.

Ashampoo doing its job well, but does not have such a good UI and I found desktop.ini files in every folder on recorded disk after.