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Computer does not recoognize my cdr

by carlos20031 / September 18, 2005 11:38 AM PDT

I am using Windows ME and my computer has a CDR drive. In the past, I was able to send files to it (don't ask me how I did it because frankly I don't remember) but, mostly I've used the Copy and Paste method.
A couple of days ago, I decided to copy some WMV files in an attempt to lighten the storage in my hard drive, but I had no success. The system tells me that either the disk is write protected or I'm not authorized to make use of it. Please help. Thanks a bunch.

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Tried cleaning it?
by drsmith58 / September 18, 2005 12:35 PM PDT

It's diffecult to tell exactly what is going on. To start, what program are you using? Do you have problems reading any CDs? Have you been able to burn a CD using a different method?

Have you tried to clean the CD burner that may help.

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No program used
by carlos20031 / September 19, 2005 2:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried cleaning it?

Thanks for your response.
I'm not using any program. They way I'm trying to do it is by Copy and Paste (or click and drag)which worked in the past.
Should I use what is called a cd burning software instead?
The computer seems to recognize the drive and tells me that the disk is either full or write protected. On the other hand, when I click on Properties, it shows the graphic indicating the disk and all of its space unused.

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Are you sure the disk is blank?
by metmichallica / September 18, 2005 2:07 PM PDT

I would go out and buy some new cdrs, I use Memorex. They seem to be pretty good and try to burn again. Disks can be damaged also, so I would try a different disk (a blank one) and see if that helps.

Make sure the disk is blank before you try to burn anything.

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Many blanks
by carlos20031 / September 19, 2005 2:19 AM PDT

Thanks for your response.
I've tried several new blanks with the same negative results.

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Carlos, CD-R's vs CD-RW's
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 19, 2005 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Many blanks

First, I'm guessing that your burner is actually a CD-RW drive (NOT CDR drive, although that's possible) because CD-RW drives have the ability to format a disk (either CD-R disks or CD-RW disks) and then allow you to copy/paste or drag/drop files to the disk...You will be unable to directly copy/paste files to the disk UNLESS THE DISK IS FORMATTED. On the other hand, most burning software allows you to copy/paste file to a "project box" which will then "burn" and finalize a disk.

It's important to have the correct terminology here. What type of "blanks" are you using? Are you using CD-R disks or CD-RW disks. Either disk can be formatted for copy/paste purposes, but a CD-R disk, if formatted, can only be copied to until the space fills up. Once the space is full, that's it. You can't erase the data or add more. On the other hand, CD-RW disks can be copied to, then erased, then copied to, then erased, multiple times.

Hope this helps and let us know exactly what you're doing.


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dcrw drive
by carlos20031 / September 19, 2005 9:40 AM PDT

Thanks for your response.
Yes I am using a cdrw drive. The disks I'm trying to copy to are CDR blank. I kept pulling several out of the box, thinking the culprit were the disks with no success.
I am also aware that once a cdr is full cannot be rewritten. In other words, I don't believe the problem lies with the disks or the amount of info I'm trying to copy. The message, no matter which blank I use, when I select to Copy the file, is the same: "Cannot create or replace XXXX: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use."
Another curious note: When I open the Properties in Drive F: (the cdrw one) I am not able to name the disk (my keyboard is not responding) and the amount of available space shown is 648MB
Any suggestion to correct this will be greatly appreciated.

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Carlos, Somehow You Were Able To Previously Copy/Paste...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 19, 2005 9:52 AM PDT
In reply to: dcrw drive

That means you already have some sort of CD burning software. (I guess it's also possible someone gave you a formatted CD to start with.) There are only a few brands which I'm familiar with that come preinstalled on brand name computers...Roxio, Nero, or RecordNow...Do you have any of these? In order to copy/paste data to a CD-R disk, the disk must have been prepared (formatted) by software. The error you are getting is exactly correct..You can't name the disk until it's formatted OR by doing a traditional "burn" using Cd burning software...Likewise, you can't "Copy/paste" a file to the CD unless it's formatted.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks to everyone. Problem solved
by carlos20031 / September 20, 2005 1:26 AM PDT

I'd like to express my gratitude for the time you guys took in helping me on this issue and let you know that I found the problem: Me!
Since I don't do much with that drive, I forgot I had an obscure copy of EasyCDCreator4. Using this, did the trick. I guess in the past I was able to Copy and Paste because I was using a CD already created by the software.
Regards to all.

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(NT) (NT) Carlos, Good Job & Glad WE Could Help !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 20, 2005 1:40 AM PDT
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