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My dvd drive is not reading blank dvds but reading cds

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December 19, 2012 4:03:54 AM

Hi, am having problem in my external DVD RW/R. only the problem is when going to put the empty DVDs its showing CD drive and Total Size and free Space its showing 0.
Kindly help me out.
a c 79 G Storage
December 21, 2012 12:12:47 PM

You didn't post your Windows version, but if it's Windows XP, the info showing "total size zero" & "free space zero" for a blank DVD is normal because Windows XP does not natively support writing to DVD so Windows Explorer reports all blank ones with incorrect values since it isn't able to read a blank DVD properly.

The values will be reported correctly in Windows Explorer on Windows Vista & Windows 7, because they natively support writing to DVD media without third-party burning software.

You can still write to a DVD on Windows XP using third-party burning software which will recognise a blank DVD correctly.
a c 812 G Storage
September 21, 2013 5:17:10 PM

Please start your own thread and provide specifics like pc info