Drive not reading blank discs

HP not sure on model
October 4, 2008 at 05:13:03
Specs: XP, 2.8ghz pentium4 512mb ram
I have a DVD writer and CD writer used to work fully for at least 3 years. Now though, all of a sudden it won't read blank discs properly.

This is what it exactly does; I insert the disc into the tray, put it in. I go to my computer, check the properties of my disc in the drive, it says it contains 0 bytes of space. It happens to both my CDs and DVDs.

It is nothing to do with the discs as they used to work fine but one day all of a sudden stopped being read as storage.

Please help. Thanks.

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October 4, 2008 at 05:52:03
If its a blank CD or DVD ,what do you expect it to say except zero bytes ,since nothing has been copied to it yet. Sorry Iam a little confused by your ? Is this a trick question ?
Just Curious , Nick

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October 4, 2008 at 06:12:20
Blank is blank...there's nothing to read. Zero bytes of information. You can't read what's not there. I don't understand the question either.

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction

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October 4, 2008 at 13:01:40
Are you possibly confusing CDR with CDRW? That is, you can put a CDRW disk into the drive and, if you have it formatted and software set up for it, the disk will appear as a 700MB drive available for copying files to. But, a blank CDR is 0 bytes until you write or "burn" files onto it. Now, most CD burning software, like Nero, will show the capacity or space available of a blank CDR when your preparing to create a new CD, but file managers and My Computer show them as 0 bytes. Same for DVDs, only much bigger.

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October 5, 2008 at 02:13:00
i have same problem 0 bytes of used space and 0 bytes of FREE SPACE i'm not confused by your question but have no idea

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October 10, 2008 at 12:25:46
Okay I didn't know that it will always read like that, just that burning discs hasn't worked so I thought that was the problem when I saw it. Anway, Nero is also reading my discs as blank all of a sudden and it will not write to it and says that there is not enough memory and that I should insert a new disc. It's not to do with disc space it is sufficient. I've even tried to write 5 minute videos onto the dvds with no sucess

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