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    Angry Win 7 - CD/DVD Drive Can't "See" Blank Disk

    Can't write to a blank CD or DVD as the drive doesn't see the blank disk. The drive is seen, but not the disk. No matter which program I use the problem's still there. Very frustrating. I've swapped out the drive in case that was the problem, but that doesn't cure the problem. What else can I try?

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    I wonder if the disk has been formatted. Try to right click on the link (shortcut) to the CD/DVD Drive and select format.
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    I've tried that and all I get is a message that says: There's no disk in the drive. I can then take the same blank disk and use it in my laptop with no problem.

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    FF,

    Go to device manager, Delete the CD/DVD drive, Reboot Windows.
    I had this same problem after installing Win 7 SP-1 the above procedure fixed it.
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    It might even be the drivers for the CD/DVD drive. You should be able to find the correct, up to date drivers at the manufacturer's site. Device Manager should show the manufacturer's name and model number.
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    My drivers and firmware are up to date. I just did a check to confirm that. I also deleted the drive and rebooted. Still have the problem.

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    I pulled the drive, a Liteon DH16A1S, and replaced it with an LGGH22LS50 and it works! I did this before and it didn't solve the problem. This time it did, for now.
    Thanks for your efforts on my behalf.

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    The following post is irrelevant, because I overlooked the reference in the OP that you can see the drive. I have not deleted it, however, in case it is of benefit to Loungers to whom it might be a useful tip.

    When you can't see a drive that you know is present, it may not have been assigned a drive letter, even if it normally has one. Did the drive itself, disk or no disk, have its usual drive letter?

    There is a variety of possible causes, but the missing drive letter cure is the same for all. Right-click on Computer, then select Manage, and then select Disk Management. That should show all drives present, but if any are visible but lack a drive letter, then go the extra step and right-click on the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. You can take your choice of available letters, but there is always a default offered and it helps to take that to be sure you don't pick a letter that is already taken. (You might like to go through that routine without making the final selection, to help remember it in future.)
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    formerfarmer, thanks for posting back. Generally if drivers are up to date and a CD/DVD drive can't see a formated disk then hardware is a likely susoect. Glad you solved your problem.
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    Two years late, but since I just had the exactly same problem and found this thread through Google, I thought I'd post my solution.

    First I worked my way through this thread in the Windows 7 forum, which has a bunch of solutions to offer. None worked.

    But then someone noticed that in the Properties window for the DVD drive the Recording tab was missing - and that was my problem. I'm not sure what the cause was, though I'd bet on a Windows glitch, but the recording option for the drive was simply gone. I found the solution to this here.

    I went with the 2nd option first, because it doesn't mess around with the registry, but that didn't help. Going with option 1 though, did. The Recording tab is back, and my drive can read empty disks again.

    I hope this helps if more people still stumble over this problem.

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