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Old 12-10-2004, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question CD RW only writes to unused CDs

Hi all. Just wondering if anyone knows why my CD/DVD RW only will write to blank CDs, it will go through the motions of writing to a previously used CD (will space to be written on), but when the process is complete there is nothing added to the disk. It also will not write to blank DVDs (also going through the motions but ultimately not wirting anything onto it).

I guess I'm hoping against hope that this is a software problem and not a hardware one, but I've got a bad feeling....

Thanks for any advice

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Old 12-11-2004, 09:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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make sure you select "continue previous session" in your burning program.

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Old 12-11-2004, 09:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First off, make sure the used CD is a CD-RW and not CD-R. Only CD-RW may be written over more than once. Also, make sure the CD-RW is erased before recording over it again. Some burning software will do that for you automatically when you want to burn on it again but some don't and will just recognize that as an already burnt CD.

Sometimes, the CD-RW is just corrupted. I have that happen a ton of times. Some would burn once and could never be burnt on again. Some lose that ability after a couple burns. The best brand I have found is Sony. I still have one Sony CD-RW that has been burnt over at least 15 times to move data from PC to PC. So the brand of the disc does matter also.

As for why your burner will burn but then there is nothing recognized on the disc later that is the software problem. Most likely not the hardware itself. Buy yourself a good burning software or download one for free. CloneDVD is awesome. Here is a link to the shareware which you can use for 14 days.

CloneDVD also gets pass copy protection so you can back up your DVDs. But it's REALLY expensive. Close to $100 USD.

As for CD burning. I like Easy Media Creator although some hate it.

It's also quite expensive close to $100 USD.

But if you buy yourself a very good burning software you won't regret it.

I also use Sonic RecordNow! v.7.2 with my CD/DVD-/+RW and I haven't noticed any problems.

But I did notice the exact problem you had with one of my older CD-RW/R burners running an HP RecordNow! version. Is your burner a supplied burner in an HP PC. Anyhow, upgrade your software to the ones I mentioned and your burning experience should become superior.
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like the CDs you were trying to burn previously may have been finalized. Use a decent program like Nero, and make sure you UN-check "finalize CD after burning" so that you can continue next time with a new session.

That is, you want to "finalize session" but do not "finalize CD"
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