DVD+RW problems with my NEC/Sony 7173A drive

By Tommygunn
Oct 20, 2012
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  1. I'm in the process of doing some backups but I've hit a snag with my pile of DVD+RW's, that has happened before.
    I have an NEC/Sony 7173A cd/dvd rom which will happily play shop bought DVD's, will play pre-recorded music, I can burn/play data/music CD's etc but I cannot view what I know to be on at least some of these DVD's and nor can I burn to them properly.

    What happens is, when I put one of these DVD+RW's in the tray is that there is no reponse from the 'E' drive icon in 'My Computer' but it will open up a separate 'E' drive window but with no data in it.
    If I right click on the icon in 'My Computer' and do 'Properties' it says there is nothing there.

    I have tried erasing and burning these DVD+RW multiple times both with MS software and Nero and I get nothing. The only thing that comes close is that, for example, in Nero I burn some photos, it says everything has done what it is supposed to but when I go to view the contents I get all of the above.
    One other thing, when burning with Nero and it asks if I want to, 'verify data on disc after burning', and I tick the box, it will abort the burn towards the end of the cycle. If I don't tick the box then it will complete the burn but I will still have the same problems as outlined above.

    Can DVD's just go wrong while other formats are much hardier?

  2. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    Did you try opening these DVD+RWs on a different device, to check whether it is the disk that's faulty or the way that drive reads them? (I had a similar problem, but it was with all DVDs, the solution for that is here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060)
  3. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 95

    Yeah, that's one thing I need to try. I'll take them over to my mates place.

  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Some drives just don't like some disks. There is a difference between DVD-RW and DVD+RW, you may want to confirm your drive does support the +RW. Also, look into a firmware update for your drive, it may fix some compatibility issues with certain disks.

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