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Plextor DVD-RW drive not a burnable device

by nike1919 / November 23, 2010 12:56 PM PST


I am running Windows XP on a home-built computer. I have been able to burn DVDs using my Plextor PX-712A DVD-RW in the past, but am unable to burn discs with this drive anymore.

The drive is still recognized by Windows, and when I put a disc in the drive, it can be read by double clicking the drive in My Computer. However, when I put a blank disc into the drive and try to run Nero (or DVD Shrink), the only options listed as burnable devices are my CD-RW or creating an ISO image -- the Plextor drive is not there.

I have tried downloading and installing the legacy drivers found at but to no avail, it still does the same thing.

Are there any thoughts as to what could be causing this problem? I have posted my computer specs below.


Motherboard: ASUS P5Q SE
Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3GHz
Video Card: 512MB GeForce 9800GTX+
Operating System: Windows XP Professional 32-bit
Optical Drive: ASUS CD-RW, Plextor PX-712A DVD-RW

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For starters, drivers are now used for "burning"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2010 3:51 PM PST

We use apps such as CDBURNERXP for that.

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by nike1919 / November 23, 2010 10:53 PM PST

The original post states that I have been using APPS such as Nero and DVD Shrink to try and burn DVDs (as I have in the past with this recorder and computer), I downloaded the firmware thinking that maybe updating that could help resolve the issue.

Just for fun, I downloaded CDBURNERXP and tried to burn a DVD. However, when I put a blank DVD in the drive with CDBURNERXP, CDBURNERXP says "Data exceeds the size of the media, DVD+R (Used: 4096.00GB). So, switching apps to CDBURNERXP after trying Nero and DVD Shrink did not help, since last I checked, DVDs don't hold 4TB of data.

Any other thoughts?

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Just one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:35 AM PST
In reply to: "Thanks"

Can you share what you are trying to do?

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Could be a failed drive also.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:44 AM PST
In reply to: "Thanks"

Driver updates and firmware updates don't help then. Only replacing the drive does.


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Actually that error would seem to indicate ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 24, 2010 5:04 AM PST
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that you (or someone else) had been trying to use drag and drop to the writer and XP only writes to CDs that way.

Navigate (using Windows Explorer) to C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\ and see how much data it contains.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 12:34 AM PST

But I meant not and not "now."

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Got it
by nike1919 / November 25, 2010 4:23 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

I was able to fix the drive and have burned several DVDs successfully. Guess it wasn't dead after all.

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Not burning for you
by flrhcarr / November 26, 2010 10:32 AM PST
In reply to: Got it

So how did you get it to finally start burning again?
I had the same issue with a burner. It would sometimes burn, sometimes wouldn't. Eventually it stopped burning. After dinking around with things & it, I figured it was just dead & replaced it. Who knows what their life is, & that one was about five odd years old & a primary burner.
The main issue with replacing it was the constant hit or miss burning wasn't worth the aggravation with new drives being dirt cheap.

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