Writing DVDs: Problem with Blank DVDs or something else?

  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10

    Writing DVDs: Problem with Blank DVDs or something else?

    I am archiving files to DVD, on Windows 10 & a Lenovo Z51, using an external DVD writer. Windows is up to date. My laptop shows the DVD writer in Device Manager & Disk Manager. However, it doesn't show-up as a drive in Windows Explorer or Imgburn.

    I am using 5 year old Verbatim DVD -Rs. I've not had problems with them before. I have tried using several different DVDs from the spindle - no difference. Other things I've tried:

    • I can play a movie on DVD without a problem.
    • A DVD that I recorded myself a couple of years ago shows up fine.
    • Changing the drive letter.
    • Using an old DVD writer - I get the same problem.
    • Uninstalling & reinstalling the drivers from within Device Manager.
    • I've tried editing the registry as per various support articles. However, I can't see the Upper / Lower Registry limits that some support articles mention.
    • Another laptop and I get exactly the same problem.

    I've come to the conclusion that the most likely culprit is the DVDs. Is that likely?
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  2. Posts : 111
    Windows 10

    What software are you using? I use an external DVD-ROM on one of my machines and use this.

    CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software

    Let me know if that helps.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 10,455
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there


    I'd 100% advise AGAINST using DVD's for backing up / archiving things -- get a cheap large USB passport portable self powered external USB device -- you can get cheap ones -- even 4TB ones don't cost the earth, backups more reliable and infinitely faster.

    Also you can archive old Movie etc DVD's as iso's using things like AnyDVD -- VLC / KODI etc plays iso's directly (including menu's etc).

    If I ever get any DVD's I always make an iso copy and archive it. Plays brilliantly on external TV via KODI on an amazon firestick box.

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  4. Posts : 1,950
    Windows 10

    All your points indicate a bad batch of DVD-R discs. So buy a different brand, maybe try DVD+RW. Intentionally I buy different Brands.

    Also clean the DVD drive optics very carefully. Those with the optics in the disc tray pick up a lot of dust. Affects the write reliability.

    I have many boxes of Verbatim DVD+RW and 2 other brands, as far as I know all are OK.

    Have had a bad box of CD-RW many years ago, they were branded but I suspect from some grotty production facility and badge engineered, the ATIP info did not match the box details.

    "I've tried editing the registry as per various support articles. However, I can't see the Upper / Lower Registry limits that some support articles mention."
    They are no longer there. That has been the case for many years.

    I have CD-R burned about 19 years old, all are good.
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    I'm using Verbatim discs a bit older than 5 years age without issue. Last one a week ago was a DVD+R/DL [Dual Layer] for creating the exact duplicate of the original disc using the downloaded .iso file. In the past the only ones I worked with that consistently had problems [more than 15 years ago] were the colored Memorex CD-R, some drives, particularly Dell but also a few others, couldn't deal with them. When some recordable discs have issues a slower burn speed helps. Newer colored discs haven't given me any problems.
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  6. Jacee's Avatar
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    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.844

    I use DVD+RW, Memorex and a slower burn speed.
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all of your responses. As an update:

    Ive tried CDBurnerXP no difference.
    For the moment at least, Im happy to keep using DVDs. I also back up the files to a USB external drive and subscribe to the theory that backups in multiple places / formats are safest.
    I found an old pack of Sony +RW DVDs, including one still in its wrapper. When I tried it I got exactly the same results; weird if the problem is the DVDs. The odds of having around 15 DVDs, all with the same problem, seems slim.
    Also weird: I plugged the external DVD writer into another laptop and a desktop and got the same results - which suggests it could be the DVD writer.
    I tried an old & slightly unreliable DVD writer with the desktop and the new Sony DVD, which worked.

    This points to the new DVD writer being suspect. I've returned it and I've got a new one on the way.

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