I am trying to burn a data DVD (DVD+R) in Windows XP SP3 on a Dell desktop computer. The computer has a licensed copy of Nero 6.3. Nero indicates that an update to version 6.6 is available, but after following the link provided, it redirects me to the Nero website to purchase the upgrade. I'm not interested in doing this.
After creating a project in Nero 6.3, inserting a blank DVD+R and trying to start burning the data DVD, Nero indicates that I should insert an appropriate disk into the drive. It does not seem to detect the blank DVD+R.
I downloaded infrarecorder and cdrtfe from Sourceforge. Neither of these programs worked either. They both indicated that I should insert the correct media, with cdrtfe saying there is no disk in the drive. I tried with another blank DVD +R with the same effect.
I inserted a CDR containing data into the drive and the Windows read read this CDR without a problem. I have no reason to believe that the drive is faulty.
I am aware that Windows XP itself is not able to burn DVDs. However, it seems that three third-party software programs are not able to burn a data DVD in Window XP. The specifications provided in Nero indicate that DVD+R is compatible with the drive.
How can I burn a backup data DVD in Windows XP?
Try out a freeware such as CdBurnerXP or Burn4Free.
See if the problem persists. Earlier versions of Nero may not be compatible with some hardware, while the freeware is frequently updated. Hope this solves it.
Another problem may be that your combo drive can READ DVDs but not write them.
If have installed any software like Daemon Tools, verify that you did not enable the function to mask writeable discs as read only, which is sometimes used to circumvent copy protection schemes that check the disc type when the disc is used in writers that can tell the difference. As a side effect, burning software then would also see only ROM media.
You might also want to try burning a disc using another OS to isolate the issue to either hardware or software. I suggest running a Linux live system like Knoppix. If you have two optical drives this should be no problem. Otherwise use the toram boot option or create a bootable pen drive.
Imgburn is free, small, easy and fast. Also available on http://ninite.com which i use to install it on all pc's I configure, use it all the time for years now. As the name suggests can also work with images.
EDIT: as suggested here a word of explenation on ninite.com
You go to the site, select all the utilities you need installed (they are in categories), click "Get installer" and you download a very small program that you either run or save on your HD.
When you run this installer, no questions are asked, all programs are downloaded and installed as fast as can be. All with optimal configuration (no unnecessary tool bars on your browser etc). No searching for the most recent version, safe, fast, once you used it you won't revert. There are other such sites/services and i'm not sure ninite is the best, so go ahead and correct me. I'm not related to ninite in any way.
I have my old data on backups now these are atleast 2-3 years old and we used to use DVD-R disks then, I burn using Nero and always verify my disks after burning.
Now I have a new LG GH22NS50 Super Multi DVD Writer which doesn't read these disks, I checked these on my older Samsung optidrive dvd writer and they do detect but this DVD drive doesn't burn DVD's anymore and hence I'm stuck. Does this mean that all my old data won't read on new age DVD writers? I now burn to DVD+R disks but wat about my older data? besides this writer supports DVD-R so why won't it read. When I insert the disk it shows up a blank DVD and windows asks me if I want to burn data to it. Can anyone tell me why and how to solve this?
Sometimes windows vista and 7 will detect written disks as blank. From what I was able to find out, this mostly happens if the disks were written by Nero Burning Rom, but I've seen it happen on CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs too. don't know what's causing the issue or how to actually solve it, but there is a way to read disks.
I've been using InfraRecorder for some time. Old versions of InfraRecorder have a windows explorer-like windows where directories may be browsed. If I put affected disk into drive and then navigate to it using InfraRecorder, I can read data using InfraRecorder and I once I opened disk with InfraRecorder, windows can normally open it until it is ejected. Unfortunately, this feature was removed from new versions of InfraRecorder, but old versions are still available on SourceForge. I don't know which version is the last one to include the needed features, but I do know that 0.44.1 has them. It is available as 64bit version too.
I really hope that someone will be able to find a real solution to this problem.
EDIT Looks like someone may have found an answer to this. Check out this link.
I solved a similar problem by uninstalling the "NTI" DVD management program from NewTech that came with the drive.
This seems to be a common problem, you could check if another DVD writer is able to read these DVD-R disks. If that DVD writer is able to read then connect that DVD writer in your Computer and try again . If it doesn't work then it could be a OS problem too. Last time after doing a fresh Windows installation My DVD writer was able to read all discs
Windows people says this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948177
Their Workaround :
To work around this problem, do not record data to the multisession DVD-R disc by using a consumer electronics recorder. Or, do not make a multisession DVD-R disc if the disc might be used in a consumer electronics recorder.
Note: RW discs require the highest laser power for reading and those are typically the first discs to begin having issues.