Solved No Disk in Drive

November 19, 2013 at 16:31:40
Specs: Windows XP
I'm fed up with following these posts concerning the "NO Disk in Drive" problem. Somewhere between XP SP1 and SP3 Microsoft disabled writing to CD or CD/DVD recorders. Why? I don't know. Maybe to force users into buying Windows 8.

Pointing fingers at 3rd party software and even the type of game software being inserted into the drive is a total distraction.

The problem is

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November 19, 2013 at 19:26:38
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I haven't had that problem with Nero on XP sp3.

There's also this:

Note there how to fix the 'cdfs.sys is disabled' problem.

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November 19, 2013 at 19:39:31
WinXP does have issues with multiple versions of ASPI drivers. When you install scanners or third party burning software you install a different version of those drivers. That can cause issues with your optical drives.

WinXP has reached the end of life and you can't expect MSoft to fix those issues at this time.

Windows 7 doesn't seem to have those same issues.

Deleting the filters doesn't always straighten things out.

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November 20, 2013 at 12:47:42
MS didn't disable anything. Where's the evidence for such a bold statement?

I and stacks of others worldwide ran XP from the outset and through past SP3 without any such problem. My old XP is still works fine if I care to use it, and XP continues to serve over 30% of the population.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 20, 2013 at 13:20:50
"There Is No Disk in the Drive. Please Insert a Disk into Drive \Device\harddisk\Dr1" Error Message When You Start Your Computer

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November 25, 2013 at 12:10:59
Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I tried running System File System Check (sfc /scannow). It blue-screened and took down my system including the MBR. I had to restore from a 2 month old backup. Then, concerned that I may have a corrupted WinnXP system file I repaired XP from the OEM CD. But that was XP SP2. So I then had to download SP3 and then over 125 updates. Took a long time.

After that, I can use the native XP copy and write to CD and it works. Interestingly, I ran the Microsoft Fixit program and it reported my CD-RW/DVD-Rom drive as non-recordable. Nevertheless it worked ok.

I have an old version of Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator (version 6) and it cannot recognize any recordable devices when it used to work just fine.

Regarding cdfs.sys being disabled, I see that too but it didn't affect my writing files to the CD-RW drive.

Strange stuff!

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November 25, 2013 at 13:01:20
Read the second sentence of my #2 above. When installing third party burning software they install different ASPI layer drivers. When you then remove those programs the ASPI layer drivers will still remain and not revert back to the default MS versions. Same goes for scanner software.

WinXP does not natively support burning of DVDs. Create a restore point BEFORE installing any third party burning/ scanning programs.

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