I have recently performed a clean install of Windows XP on one of my computers. This went very well with no hiccups and I ran the computer for a couple of weeks with no problems at all. However, during that time I had no need to use my Mirai CD-RW for recording to CD. When I first tried to use it Windows reported that it could not find a recordable device other than my Zip drive. Going to Explorer and right-clicking on the Mirai's icon the Properties window that pops up does not include a recording tab. It is the same as that of the Hitachi drive which is read-only. I then installed Nero Burning Rom and successfully burned audio tracks to a CD-R, so the drive is connected properly and working OK. Do I need to install a driver for this drive?
I've put a blank CD-R into the drive, opened My Computer and right-clicked the drive. The Properties window has three tabs: General, Autoplay and Hardware. There is no option to turn on CD writing on any of these tabs.
As I said earlier, when I right click on the drive under 'My Computer' and get into 'Properties' there is no option to 'enable CD recording on this drive' - it is just not there. I think I will take Johnnyrocker's advice and delete the drive then reboot to let Windows find it again.