Verifying DVD-R/CD-R...why do it?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Is it necessary to verify the disks once they're finished buring in Toast? It seems to take just as long as the burning process. What is it doing anyway.... making sure it did it right?


  • Reply 1 of 6
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    generally you would want to verify a burn if you have sensitive data that you want to MAKE SURE burned correctly... an example would be a backup CD RW...

    if its just a quick burn to give a copy to a friend you could just skip it... if it doesn't work when you give them the disk, blame it on formatting problems
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Paul is correct. I *always* wait through the verification phase. Basically, it's reading through the entire CD's contents to be sure everything burned correctly. If there's a smudge or a scratch or a defect or anything else on the CD, it could cause the burn to fail and ruin your data.

    This is especially important if you are backing up data. Wouldn't you want to make sure that you're backing up something that you'll actually be able to access at a later date?
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    So does it just report an error or will it fix the problem?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    It says "you just made another expensive coaster, loser".

    Well, not in so many words, but you get the drift.

    Still better than having a CD of backed up, important data not read after you've wiped your HD or something...
  • Reply 5 of 6

    Originally posted by Akumulator

    So does it just report an error or will it fix the problem?

    that, i've always wondered.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Doesn't fix it.
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