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no drive detected?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Redribbon, Nov 17, 2011.

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  1. Redribbon

    Redribbon Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    as I am trying to burn my video to DVD, when Iam clicking on create DVD I see the message "cannot detect a drive to write to". I have a cd writer in my PC so why am I seeing this message? Do I need something else in/on my PC?
     
  2. Firebreather

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    To "write" onto a DVD you need a DVD writer, not a CD writer.
    A DVD writer is able to create DVDs as well as CDs. A CD writer, on the other hand, can create only CDs. :)
     
  3. Redribbon

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    Hmm, that's what I thought initially but I just checked in My computer properties then into device manager and there in the list it says DVD/cd-rom drives. Does that still mean it doesn't have DVD writer?
    I have never used the PC for burning DVDs only cds so can't be sure.
     
  4. wowzer

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    when in device manager click the arrow next to dvd/cd-rom drives, that should tell you whats available.
     
  5. Firebreather

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    As far as I know, DVD ROM's cannot write. ROM stands for "Read Only Memory" or in this case "Read Only Media".
    Can you write CDs using the same ROM drive?

    Try with ImgBurn. If it doesn't work, your drive cannot write DVDs.

    But first, look at the drive. You don't have to open up the computer, just look on the outside of the drive, does it say "writer" anywhere? If it is a writer, aka burner, then you should be able to burn DVD's. If not, then you will have to buy one.
    And can it read DVDs (play them)?
     
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