When you try to write to a DVD-RAM disc that is in a
DVD-RAM/CD-RW combination drive, you may receive the following error
The disc in the drive is not a writable CD or it
Please insert a blank, writable CD into drive D:\, or insert
a disc with enough free space to hold all the files you have selected for
writing to CD.
Windows XP does not support recording UDF-formatted information on
a DVD-RAM disc.
This error occurs if the Enable CD recording on this
check box is selected in the properties for the DVD-RAM/CD-RW
To enable writing to the DVD-RAM disc, follow these steps:
- Open My Computer.
- Right-click DVD-RAM Drive under
Devices with Removable Storage, and then click
- Click the Recording tab.
- Clear the Enable CD recording on this
drive check box, and then click OK.
behavior is by design.
Conversely, if the Enable CD recording on this
check box is clear, and if you try to write files to a CD-R or a
CD-RW disc, you receive the following error message:
D:\ is not accessible.
To enable writing to a CD-R disc or to a CD-RW disc, follow the
steps that are listed in the "Resolution" section, except for step 4 where you
select the Enable CD recording on this drive
(instead of clearing the check box).
The underlying cause for this
problem when you enable the Enable CD recording on this drive
option is that the Image Mastering API (IMAPI) CD Burning COM service is used
to burn the disc. However, the service does not support DVD media. After you
turn off this option, the first time that new media is opened, the I/O manager
gives all file systems a chance to examine the media and determine whether the
format is a supported file system. The setting does not determine what file
systems can be used on the blank disc or what file system the media was
- CD-R/CD-RW discs support Compact Disc File System (CDFS).
This file system is enabled when the Enable CD recording on this
drive check box is selected.
- DVD-RAM discs support FAT32 or Universal Disk Format (UDF)
file systems. This file system is not supported by the Enable CD
recording on this drive option.
For more information about IMAPI and and the formats that IMAPI
supports visit the following MSDN Web site:
For help with CD or DVD drive problems in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft web page: