This seems to happen only with R/W DVDs. I cannot format the disc because my computer keeps telling me that my blank discs are write protected. These are brand new, and can be read on another PC. I've even reformatted and when I look at Properties for the disc, it says all 4.38GB is used, with 0 available space. I have checked in the device manager, and it says that the drive is working properly and the driver is up to date. I have tried several different discs.
(Solved) - Error: blank discs are write protected, can't write to empty disc(25 posts)
they are not supposed to be ROM! I've written to discs using both drives in the past. what could have altered this? btw, the delete and reboot did not solve problem. i have a screen shot, how do i paste it to a post?
sorry about the confusion with the DVD/CD devices. I indicated that they were DVD/CD-ROM devices, this is the folder name under Device Manager. This is what they are (in case you cannot enlarge the screen shot sufficiently):
#1 is Sony CDRWDVD CRX310S
#2 is TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653A
I am running Win Vista Home Premium on a Dell XPS 410
As I've stated previously, these have worked in the past, both reading and writing to all kinds of discs (Read Only, Write once, RW multiples) The only kind it won't read would be BD.
I believe, but cannot state unequivocally, that this started after loading ImageBurn program - at least that's when I first noticed I couldn't write to my DVD (got the 'write-protected' error).
From previous problems like yours I found the burning engine (part of the software) is corrupt. You may need to uninstall then reinstall your burning software.
What software are you using before you loaded imageburn?
I've run Fixit twice, same results. When asked for a disc, after putting one in that I know can be read and written to (verified and tested on another PC running same version of Windows, etc) it says it cannot write to disc, it's write-protected.
Do you think doing a complete re-install of Windows would solve anything? If I do this, and have a complete back-up of my system for a restore, anything I need to be aware of, or steps I should be certain to take?
Can the write feature on a burner go 'bad'?
Other questions - if i decide to wipe my pc and reinstall, and i use a program such as Macrium Reflect to back up/create a mirror, what is the procedure for restoring? Will this create a backup of all the programs I've loaded, or will all of those have to be reloaded? I've never done this before. I mean I've had crashes (not with Win Vista however) and ended up having to reinstall Windows, but never really worried about settings, etc. This time, however, I'd like to do it properly, efficiently, with minimum data and/or settings loss. Would it make more sense to replace at least one of the burners instead? Thanks again.
If you do a complete backup image it creates an exact duplicate of your current "C" drive with all your programs, data and whatever else you have on your drive. You have to burn a recovery disk. This is important when you go to recover your image. You will boot off this recovery disk.
ok, so I've created an image using Macrium Reflect. Next I need to create a recovery disk, or can I recover with the original Windows install CD? Question about the image file I've created - if there are any corrupted files (that aren't discovered/fixed using a program such as iobit Advanced Systemcare) currently residing on my PC, wouldn't they just be reinstalled?
I have been using the iobit for a few years now, with no problems (the paid version). Do you have specific info regarding problems with this app? What would you suggest as an alternate program? Any feedback to my previous post from today? Thanks for the advice.....this site seems to have the best that I have found, without being overly techie!
I and other members have tested this software in the past and found it to be quite useless and has the potential to cause more problems.
Our experience shows that anything suggesting 'advanced system care' is going to be suspect. In the case of iobit, the registry cleaner, does just that, cleans and takes out what it really should not.
For general cleaning, you will never go wrong with this the free version; http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
'without being overly techie!'
ok..thanks for the advice. Maybe the iobit program is the culprit, without me knowing it? I will uninstall and use the suggested program. what would your suggestion be for anti-virus/malware checking and preventing? and should i use the Windows defrag or is something else more highly rated?
Problem solved (but still wondering why CD/DVD wouldn't write). Followed advice given previously on this post. PC all cleaned up with CCleaner, backed up with Macrium, any issues resolved with Tweaking, and protected with Microsoft Security Essentials. Removed all trace of iOBit software. Also using Malwarebytes AntiMalware as well as SuperANtiSpyware (I had been using these previously). Some redundancy perhaps, but overlap is better than gaps, right?
Next step - since I really didn't want to wipe my PC and reinstall everything, even with a backup image, I opted to replace one of the DVD/CD drives. This not only provided me with one good one, but the 2nd original DVD/CD drive is now behaving as it did before (meaning I can read and write with it again). Could one bad drive cause the 2nd one to 'fail'? And if so, it was just a 50/50 chance that I replaced the culprit - i merely removed the top one, there was no logic to the decision. I just figured I'd end up with only one good one anyway (the new one). So.....who's answer should be accepted for the resolution??
Again, thanks again for everyone's help. Very glad to have stumbled upon this site - everyone is great!!
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