Hardware Problem Dvd -RW Drive only works CD-R

See the title- DVD-R shows up with the free space of a CD-R in properties of exploring computer. Doesn't see GB of open space for writing. Any idea that I might not have tried?
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  1. what is the make and model of the DVD drive?

    what software are you using to burn?
  2. If you have XP it can write to CD-R without extra programs

    Vista/7 can write to CD-R and DVD-R (or DVD+R) without extra programs

    What happens if you insert a DVD containing more than 700MB of data ?

    There are a number of freeware programs available to write Data to CD & DVD's
    These are often restricted versions of commercial programs such as Nero, NCH Expressburn, ImgBurn, deepburner. smartburn ......

    Mike Barnes
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