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DVD drive I'm trying to burn files from my hard drive to a cd-rw. I get the message the disc is a read only and cannot be recorded to. Its a plextor px-800A

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  • ankromjw Apr 10, 2008

    Did not fix it. I left the pc off three hours.

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Yoru writter is fine, it only detects what type of disk you are attempting to write to. please double check the disk you inserted, has to be new and not used. the only reason you will get this kind of message is when you inserted a finally burned disk, that is not set for multisession. this has nothing to do with your hard drive also.

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Turn it of for about two hours the hard drive is probobly too hot =]]

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