DVD drive plays movies but won't read blank DVDs

By rm1609
Dec 14, 2008
  1. I am sure this is an easy fix, but I can't figure this out:

    The DVD RW drive on my laptop can play movies, but it will not recognize blank DVD's. I have tried DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW and nothing works. I am trying to backup some data and getting really frustrated.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Download DVD Info Pro

    Install it
    Activate Later (button, bottom right hand corner)

    Now you know for sure, if it can write DVDs :)
  3. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Are you sure you have an DVD-Burner? It could be that you have CD-burner/DVD-rom combo

    Forgot to ask, what software are you using to create the backup?
    If your trying to use the built in "CD burner program" in windows it only supports burning on CD not DVD
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes that was my point above
  5. rm1609

    rm1609 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have Sonic 7 and my wife's laptop is about 4 years old and this is the second drive. She just told me she's not sure if its a RW-DVD. If it's a software issue, any recs on some decent freeware alternatives.

    Thanks again.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes I linked to one above (this thread is getting stranger by each post lol :) )
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    um, perhaps it's not a DVD burner. How old is the system? I just upgraded my old laptop burner from a CD burner to a DVD burner.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    And the strangeness continues lol :)

    I have an idea, it may not be a DVD Burner :haha:
    Can anyone else suggest the exact same thing? I need to laugh every now and then. :p
  9. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Maybe its not a DVD burner :)

    look at the burner, it usually is written on the unit itself what it is.
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