Recently I ordered a DVD±RW Drive, which should be able to write onto DVD disks. I purchased the drive off eBay, the product can be found here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONY-DVD-RW-C...
The product page above should show all the details of the item. After I received the item, I installed it into the computer. After I rebooted, I attempted to burn Windows 7 onto the blank media disk (DVD-R). The software I used to burn was MagicISO, I've used this in the past to burn on CD-Rs and CD-RW's.
I purchased some cheap Signalex DVD-R disks. When I inserted the disk into the drive it seemed fine, but when I went into "My Computer" the disk showed as "0 Bytes". When I went to burn the drive with MagicISO, it stated "The disk is not blank" in red text while it was blank. So, I couldn't use these disks, I thought it was the disks problem, as they were cheap.
I then tried in other disks, they still showed "0 Bytes" but they where Mitsubishi brand and heavily scratched, yet they seemed to burn with MagicISO perfectly. The only problem is that once burned, it didn't display any files within the disk. It was as if the disk didn't burn at all, and didn't run the burned files (Windows 7) within the OS (Windows XP) and in Boot menu. Thereafter it was no longer blank media and couldn't be written on.
I then went and purchased new Maxell branded disks, DVD-R and they still didn't work. They also showed "0 bytes" in "My Computer" and in MagicISO also stated "The disk is not blank" in red text.
I'm guessing it's the drives problem, is there anything I can do to solve this? Eg. Driver update, firmware etc. Basically, all I've done after purchase of this drive is that I just installed it onto my computer as if it was "Plug & Play", I have tried updating drivers but they seem up to date.
The drive has previously been used by another owner. I have checked the BIOS, it seems fine. I can also play DVD's, CD's etc..