Laptop D: drive gives "D:\ is not accessible. Incorrect function"

By akashshubhra
May 22, 2011
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  1. I have a Dell Vostro 1520 laptop with Windows XP (last 3 years). It has now stopped recognising any blank cd or dvd and gives the error message "D:\ is not accessible. Incorrect function". It can however read/play cd's or dvd's that have data/music/movies on them.

    I have gone to Dell's support site and applied firmware updates for CD/DVD drive. I have also previously changed D drive setting to "enable burning of CD's".

    The D: drive shows up in Windows Explorer but I cannot even select to. I click on D drive and cursor jumps back to C:, so I cant even get to it.

    What else can i do?

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Have the CD/DVD drive replaced...
  3. akashshubhra

    akashshubhra TS Rookie Topic Starter

    got a new DVD drive - same problem


    Since my D: drive was giving problems, i got a new Samsung DVD/CD burner that requires 2 USB ports to be used. However i can read any cd/dvd using that device however when i insert a blank CD, i get message
    "e:\is not accessible. Incorrect function"

    Any suggestions?

  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    A DVD/CD burner that uses 2 USB ports must be an external USB CD/DVD burner, right? Is XP updated fully using Windows Update and is XP updated to Service Pack 3?
  5. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    Well, since this device is showing the exact same behavior as your internal drive, I'd have to say maybe it's the media. It's not uncommon to have a bad batch of media, or maybe it's an incompatible type for the drive.
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

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