I bought an old CD-R drive and can't get it to write

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/Blu-ray Technology' started by Ripcord, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Ripcord

    Ripcord New Member

    I need to burn a CD from time to time (it's an Ebay requirement that you can't sell E-books without physically mailing a CD; I don't know the reason for that in this day and age but...) so when the drive in my desktop gave out I bought an Iomega external RW drive for a few bucks that is fairly old but works fine. I can read disks but it won't recognize a blank disk or give me the option of burning it.

    I'd like to be able to figure out how to use it so I don't have to spend money on a new one, since I don't need it for anything else. I have Windows 7 installed and I'm wondering if that might be the problem. I might try installing XP on an old laptop to see if that solves it but I wanted to ask first. I can't find Iomega drivers anywhere for download so I'm just using the Windows automatic driver install.

    I thought at first that it might be a ROM drive but it does say "Re-writable" on the case. Is there something else I might try to do t make it write?
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018
  2. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

    If it doesn't recognize a blank disc and won't burn, then it doesn't work fine.
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  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

    If it reads disks fine but won't write to one it means the laser that writes to the disk is bad. Buy a new drive.
  4. tremmor

    tremmor Well-Known Member

    Ive had this problem years ago. I used a different cd or dvd with a different color dye. example is if the cd has a red dye. use a different color. gray, blue etc.
  5. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

    CD-R, or CD-RW?

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