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DVD-RW drive burns music CDs and DVDs, but not data CDs

I've had this problem with two different DVD-RW drives. If I try to burn a data CD, I get, "There is no disk in the drive." My computer recognizes the drive as a DVD-RW drive. I have Windows XP. The computer came with a Toshiba SD-R5002 drive and I installed a Pioneer DVR-115D. Removing the high and low filters in the registry didn't help.

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  • 8AVEXP Apr 09, 2008

    No issues burning music CDs. I get that error message when trying to burn data CDs when using the Windows feature in My Computer.

  • 8AVEXP Apr 10, 2008

    I use Magix Audio Cleaning 2005 for music CD burning. This drive seems to do better with Memorex CR-RWs. The last time I tried to use Sony Music CD-Rs, they ended up being coasters.

  • 8AVEXP Apr 19, 2008

    One other clue: this has been going on ever since I installed a second hard drive. I didn't have this problem before that; in fact, I burned a bunch of data CDs as backups just before installing the drive.

  • Shannon Mantel May 11, 2010

    What burning program are you trying to use? I've seen applications that use the "Drag-to-Disc" method incorrectly set up for burning, making burning CDs problematic.

    Also, do you get issues burning music CDs?

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Alright. Seems like Windows, for some reason, doesn't think your drive is able to burn things when trying to deal with this kind of disc.

I'll need further information, like if you use another program to burn music CDs, and what other things might have changed the registry settings. I know of a fix that resolves issues with the Windows version of data CD burning, but it only applies to CD-R and CR-RW drives..

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