Problems with the Cd-RW Drive


I am having problems with my CD RW drive. I tried to copy digital photos to a CD and was unable to do so. I chose an albumn from "My Pictures", went up to file, selected send to CD, got message "D" is not accessible - incorrect function. When I have "My Pictures" open, select file I wish to copy to CD and select Copy to CD from Picture Tasks, nothing happens. I tried to copy a text file and I also get the message "D" is not accessible, etc. I have previously been able to copy text files to a CD. I can read CD's (Print Shop, e.g.) and I can play audio CD's.

I read your FAQ's and one suggestion was to check CD burners physical connections and make sure both not using same setting; set CD burner as master and drive to slave. How do I check this out?



This question was answered on November 9, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is one thing that you can do to fix the problem:

To resolve this issue, edit the Microsoft Windows registry to identify the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive as a recordable drive To do this, follow these steps.WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

1 Click Start, and then click Run

2 In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK

3 Expand the following registry subkey:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CD Burning\Drives

4 On the File menu, click Export

5 In the File name box, type backup of drives key, and then click Save.

Note You can restore this registry subkey by double-clicking the backup of drives key.reg file that you saved

6 In the left pane of the Registry Editor window, click the Volume{GUID} folder under Drives, where GUID is a 32-character hexadecimal globally unique identifier.

Note If you have more than one CD-ROM drive in the computer, an additional Volume{GUID} folder is listed for each drive

7 In the right pane of the Registry Editor window, double-click Drive Type

8 In the Value data box, type 1 or 2, depending on the drive type, and then click OK

The drive type should be 1 if it is a CD-R and 2 if it is a CD-RW

9 Quit Registry Editor

10 Click Start, and then click My Computer

11 Under Devices with Removable Storage, right-click the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu

12 If the Recording tab is displayed, Windows recognizes the drive as a recordable device

13 Click Cancel.

Note If you have more than one CD-ROM drive, DVD-ROM drive, or CD-RW drive in the computer and the Recording tab is not displayed, an incorrect drive may have been configured as "recordable" in the Windows registry To troubleshoot this issue, follow these steps:a Follow steps 1 through 9 to edit the Drive Type value of the Volume{GUID} folder whose value you previously changed

b In the Value data box, type 3, and then click OK

The drive type value of 3 indicates that the drive is a standard CD-ROM and is not writable

c In the left pane of the Registry Editor window, click the next Volume{GUID} folder

d Follow steps 7 and 8 to change the Value data entry to 1 or 2, depending on the drive type

e Quit Registry Editor, and then follow steps 10 through 12 to confirm that the Recording tab is displayed in the properties dialog box of the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive

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Posted by Algernon of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 9, 2004