DVD/CD-RW drive reads disks with content but doesn't read blank discs

By Highspeed63b
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. Step 1: I clicked start and my computer
    Step 2: I right clicked my DVD-RW drive and clicked properties
    step 3: I clicked the recording tab... I should be able to click DVD-RW drive as the default recorder but the ONLY default recorder I have listed is the C: drive which is my hard drive...

    How can I fix this?
  2. Highspeed63b

    Highspeed63b Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Somebody please help me...
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    Does it show this way regardless, whether you have a disk in the drive or not?
  4. Highspeed63b

    Highspeed63b Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yes. When I goto the properties of the drive and click on the recording tab the recording box is always empty... when I click the box then I can click on the drive drop down box for recording and the hard disk c drive is all thats listed.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    Sounds as if your system doesn't recognize your drive as a recorder. Have you updated your system through Windows Update, including optional updates. Its the optional updates that usually update hardware drivers.

    Does Disk Management have any yellow flags, for devices that have not yet been setup with proper drivers?
  6. Highspeed63b

    Highspeed63b Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Im using xp pro sp1... I dunno if updates n uprgades will work with my copy of windows but I will go ahead and try... and no yellow flags.
  7. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 994   +149

    I think cd/dvd/dvd-rw drives are plug and play under windows xp and later OSes.
    try to see documentation regarding supported discs of your dvd-rw drive as some drives will only read/write/rewrite certain media types like cd-r, cd+r, cd-rw, cd+rw, dvd-r, dvd+r, dvd-rw, dvd+rw.

    also some drives will not be able to "handle" certain brands.
    in my case, I prefer hp, sony, and iomega branded blank cd/dvd discs.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,489   +292

    I don't really understand this 'default recorder' thing you are trying to do. You burn DVDs with something other than Windows Explorer in XP anyway.


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