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I just bought a new:-) used win7 pro HP that I did know was in the 64 bit format.

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March 6, 2014 7:15:06 AM

Problem being that I only have a Win pro32 bit disk to do a recovery which ain't going to work. I have a good working re-writable drive that I have burned programs onto with imgburn. However I CANNOT get the machine to recognize the DVD burner when I try 'recdisc.'

Same for control panel when I try to do a system repair disk. "Windows did not find a CD/DVD burner. If you do ..... make sure it is connected to the computer and try again."

Crap, it is there and is a good one. No problem with drivers etc. What is going on?
a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2014 7:24:05 AM

DVD burners burn out all the time. Make sure that you can burn something else currently. Also, make sure that your DVDs are good. Many a time I have had brand new DVDs which are not recognized as being black, which is really annoying.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2014 7:25:29 AM

Try your invisible drive on another computer.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2014 7:27:40 AM

the driver problem is with the heavily chopped down version of windows that you do the restore from.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2014 7:49:33 AM

Verified the cd rom drive is Physically working and detected in windows then.
Click into device manager to double check it is there.

Make sure you have no virtual drives running on the system.
And you are not accidentally selecting a virtual drive to write to.


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a b $ Windows 7
March 6, 2014 7:54:51 AM

don't check to see if it recognizes the drive... try to actually burn a DVD using other software. DVD burners typically stop burning long before they stop reading media.
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