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Not recognizing disc in D drive

OK...first off...I am a technical dummy. A nice guy, but a technical dummy. We are trying to rip/burn some audio books on her HP. It allows us to rip, but when we try to burn, we get a message saying it is not recognizing the media in the D: drive. One, we are using DVD-R discs (when I bought them, she said she had a dvd burner, which she does not. Can you burn audio onto these kind of discs? And if it can, why is it not recognizing it. I'm trying to do this through her Windows Media Center. Thanks in advance, Gary

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Re: Not recognizing disc in D drive

Hi, well the short answer is NO. You cannot use DVD's in a CD Writer at all. So the simple answer is to get some CD-R and copy the files to them. OR get a Combo DVD/CD writer and install that as well.. and then you can use both..

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