I am trying to burn a data DVD (DVD+R) in Windows XP SP3 on a Dell desktop computer. The computer has a licensed copy of Nero 6.3. Nero indicates that an update to version 6.6 is available, but after following the link provided, it redirects me to the Nero website to purchase the upgrade. I'm not interested in doing this.

After creating a project in Nero 6.3, inserting a blank DVD+R and trying to start burning the data DVD, Nero indicates that I should insert an appropriate disk into the drive. It does not seem to detect the blank DVD+R.

I downloaded infrarecorder and cdrtfe from Sourceforge. Neither of these programs worked either. They both indicated that I should insert the correct media, with cdrtfe saying there is no disk in the drive. I tried with another blank DVD +R with the same effect.

I inserted a CDR containing data into the drive and the Windows read read this CDR without a problem. I have no reason to believe that the drive is faulty.

I am aware that Windows XP itself is not able to burn DVDs. However, it seems that three third-party software programs are not able to burn a data DVD in Window XP. The specifications provided in Nero indicate that DVD+R is compatible with the drive.

How can I burn a backup data DVD in Windows XP?

  • Have you ever succesfully burnt a DVD with that drive? Which model is the drive? – Baarn Jun 2 '12 at 7:11
  • It happens that sometimes optical drives 'lose' one of their functions like in you example the "DVD function" while CDs work normally. – Robert Niestroj Jun 2 '12 at 7:25
  • Do you have DVD+Rs of another brand to test? My current drive refuses to write to a specific brand of DVD+Rs that work in every other drive, while other brands work in this drive. – Bob Jun 2 '12 at 7:39
  • I would suggest Img Burn that can be found here Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test – Darius Jun 2 '12 at 7:49
  • @WalterMaier-Murdnelch: I can't be sure. I think I've burn CDRs there successfully before; not sure about DVDs. – SabreWolfy Jun 2 '12 at 8:04

Try out a freeware such as CdBurnerXP or Burn4Free. See if the problem persists. Earlier versions of Nero may not be compatible with some hardware, while the freeware is frequently updated. Hope this solves it. Another problem may be that your combo drive can READ DVDs but not write them.

  • I downloaded infrarecorder and cdrtfe from Sourceforge. Neither of these programs worked either. and The specifications provided in Nero indicate that DVD+R is compatible with the drive. Of course, it doesn't hurt to double check that the drive is able to write DVD+Rs, as opposed to reading or DVD-Rs. – Bob Jun 2 '12 at 7:38
  • @ch01ce: Thanks, but as I indicated in my question, I have already tried two other programs apart from Nero. I will try your suggestions though. The drive specifications indicate that it can write DVDs. – SabreWolfy Jun 2 '12 at 8:07
  • @Bob: The drive specifications indicate that it can re/write DVDs. – SabreWolfy Jun 2 '12 at 8:08
  • @SabreWolfy Could you mind sending a screenshot of the drive info in CdBurnerXP? PS: don't install the toolbars and whatnot they are trying to bundle with the software, unless you want to. There is an option not to do so. – ch01ce Jun 2 '12 at 8:42
  • @ch01ce: CdBurnerXP is the only program so far that actually allowed me to burn a data DVD. However, after it said that it successfully burnt the DVD, it showed up in Windows as a blank DVD. I looked at the surface and it looks like it has burnt the DVD, but it is blank in Windows. – SabreWolfy Jun 2 '12 at 20:44

If have installed any software like Daemon Tools, verify that you did not enable the function to mask writeable discs as read only, which is sometimes used to circumvent copy protection schemes that check the disc type when the disc is used in writers that can tell the difference. As a side effect, burning software then would also see only ROM media.

You might also want to try burning a disc using another OS to isolate the issue to either hardware or software. I suggest running a Linux live system like Knoppix. If you have two optical drives this should be no problem. Otherwise use the toram boot option or create a bootable pen drive.

  • I have not installed any software like Daemon Tools. The idea of using another OS is a good one. I will try to burn the DVD from Ubuntu or Debian booted from a USB drive. – SabreWolfy Jun 2 '12 at 9:25

Imgburn is free, small, easy and fast. Also available on http://ninite.com which i use to install it on all pc's I configure, use it all the time for years now. As the name suggests can also work with images.

EDIT: as suggested here a word of explenation on ninite.com You go to the site, select all the utilities you need installed (they are in categories), click "Get installer" and you download a very small program that you either run or save on your HD. When you run this installer, no questions are asked, all programs are downloaded and installed as fast as can be. All with optimal configuration (no unnecessary tool bars on your browser etc). No searching for the most recent version, safe, fast, once you used it you won't revert. There are other such sites/services and i'm not sure ninite is the best, so go ahead and correct me. I'm not related to ninite in any way.

  • Next time remember to give the link of the official site or a link that directly indicates to user for download the software. Not a site that contains link for most usually software's. You are a user of SO and still don't use formatting. Keep in mind these things please. – avirk Jun 2 '12 at 9:49
  • @avirk, why would i not suggest downloading from ninite.com ? It's a lot safer, faster and easie than giging a link that changes in time. Also it installs all the progs you have chosen at once without interrupting. What can be bad about that ?. Please direct me to the policy on SE that syas what you suggest, otherwise i'm gonna restore my previous answer – peter Jun 2 '12 at 10:01
  • I don't mind if you revert back the changes but official site is much better way to indicate user to download the stuff. The ninite.com is not familiar site for all user's and they will come back to ask you how to use it. Or you can tell them how to use that site in your answer and it will be good for them all the time. – avirk Jun 2 '12 at 10:16
  • That's much better now. You don't have need to explain that you are related or not to that site just it should be helpful for the user's in some way and I think it is. So you can remove that last line from your answer. – avirk Jun 2 '12 at 10:31
  • don't want to give the impression, that's all, this made me wonder if there are others like ninite (perhasp better) so i just made a question about it, just googling it doesn't give me user feedback – peter Jun 2 '12 at 10:33

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