"Drive not accessible" - Hardware or Software?

  panhandle 14:59 22 Feb 2006
Locked

I can read/write CD's and read DVD's on my combi drive - but cannot write DVD's. I get various error messages such as:

"Drive D is not accessible"
"Please insert a blank disc and try again" when a blank DVD-RW disc is already in.

I have tried to write allsorts & all ways > *.mpeg; *.jpeg; *.doc and using Pinnacle Studio Plus "Make Disc", Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD, Media Player 10, CyberLink Power DVD.

There is nothing in Device Manager or Properties that suggests any malfunction, so I am not sure where to turn or what I have overlooked. The short holiday movie I am trying to write has gone on to CD successfully using Pinnacle Studio, so it looks like hardware but how can I check this? Thanks.

  zarobian 15:15 22 Feb 2006

Assuming your burning software is Nero 6/7, then you should format the DVD RW using Nero InCD software before recording on these.
Some DVD-RW drives do not read poor media.In that case buy decesent media.

  panhandle 15:29 22 Feb 2006

Fair point about cheap discs, but these are Philips brand from Dixons so should be good enough.

I do not have Nero, but [unless someone knows better] I do believe that one of the 3 packages I have ought to write this disc for me?? I certainly do not want to spend anymore on software if I don't have to.

I have Pinnacle, CyberLink PowerDVD plus of course good old standby WMP10.

  GroupFC 15:29 22 Feb 2006

Are you sure that it can write to DVD?

Many combi drives were/are CD read/write, but DVD read only (if you follow what I mean!). I am sitting next to one such (admittedly quite elderly!) machine now.

  zarobian 15:34 22 Feb 2006

Good point.

  panhandle 15:39 22 Feb 2006

Seriously, good question, we can do some silly things!

Answer is yes, it is a new Samsung TS-H552, which I installed myself. However - I have never written a DVD, so the problem it is not a breakdown as such, it may be faulty............

  GroupFC 15:56 22 Feb 2006

Well I don't know the answer but - I think that is the same unit that is in my Freecom external DVD writer (I'll check when I get home tonight). Like you I have never yet written a DVD, so it looks like I might have to do some experimenting!

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Alienware 17 R4 2017 review

Illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg created thousands of intricate line drawings for the mobile game…

Best iPad buying guide 2017

Comment télécharger une application indisponible en France ?