Solved How to use DVD-RW disc in a DVD-ROM drive

November 23, 2011 at 08:47:28
Specs: Windows XP, AMD/3GB
I know there has to be a way to go about this. I have older computer that runs on XP and I want to reformat completely. I have a disc with Windows XP on it that is a DVD-RW. The drive on the computer is a DVD-ROM. I can't boot from the disc on that computer, but I'm wondering if there is a way to make the drive read DVD-RW or change the format of the DVD-RW to DVD-ROM. If I changed the format, would the ISO still work? Alternatively, is there another way I can completely reformat the computer? It has a System Restore options, but, like at least most copies of XP, it only allows for me to go back a certain amount of time. I want the computer factory fresh, so to speak. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Also, would a regular dvd-r work in the dvd-rom? I don't care to rewrite the disk.

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November 24, 2011 at 04:21:33
There's lots of things being said here.

Bottom line is it appears your DVD disc is a DVD-RW and you're trying to run it in a DVD ROM drive.

Well you can't.

You can buy a new DVD-RW drive, (I think blu-ray drives are backward compatible with dvds but check on that). They're usually easy to install especially nowadays as newer versions will most likely have Sata connections. But you still won't get the DVD disc itself to boot if it is not bootable.

Incidentally, original XP discs were only available on CD's not DVD's.

The solution is to borrow a bootable XP cd and copy it, (THINK, definitely not sure, if that is legal but there you go), or buy one. Again not sure if you can do that as apparently they stopped issuing them with PC's because of piracy.

To sum up, your only options are to buy a new drive and copy or buy a bootable XP disc.



#1
November 23, 2011 at 10:28:01
Is the boot sequence in the BIOS correct? Is the DVD drive the first boot device?

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#2
November 23, 2011 at 10:37:05
In addition to what guapo said, the dvd has to be bootable. The fact that it's a RW doesn't matter. The fact that xp is on a dvd-rw indicates that it's not a genuine copy.

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#3
November 23, 2011 at 12:11:26
An older DVD-ROM drive may not be able to read a DVD-RW. It's more likely that it will read a DVD-R, but if the drive is too old even that may not be possible. The answer is to get hold of a genuine Microsoft XP disk rather than trying to use a copy.

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#4
November 23, 2011 at 14:34:59
Yes, I have changed the DVD to the first position in the boot sequence. It just won't let me boot from disk. Whether or not it is a genuine copy is not the reason it won't boot. My Windows 7 disk is the same way and works fine.

ijack, that's what I was thinking. I just didn't know if there was a way I could finalize the dvd-rw to make it non-rewritable. I'm not sure if would work, but it is worth a try. It's a shame that a full system restore isn't available on xp, or at least that version, anyway.


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#5
November 23, 2011 at 16:52:10
You should have told MS to create a full system restore in xp. Oh, wait. There was a way. It is called NTbackup.

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#6
November 23, 2011 at 17:59:05
Oh the computer I'm working on is an old one my husband had for a while. His ex basically destroyed it, making it super slow. She's the type that downloads everything via Limewire and clicks on every pretty shiny ad lol. NTBackup? I'll have to research this. Thanks for your help.

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#7
November 23, 2011 at 18:22:28
Regardless of what has been said elsewhere the reply in #2 is correct. It does not matter whether you finalise the disk or not it is obviously not boot-able and that being the case it is very likely not a genuine copy!

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#8
November 23, 2011 at 18:37:11
I know it isn't boot-able. I'm looking for a way to make it boot-able. The reason is because of the drive capabilities. It cannot read dvd-rws on that computer. It doesn't matter what kind of dvd-rw I put in there. It can be a video of my family on a dvd-rw, and it still won't read it. The content is not the issue, it's the format that is. I know there is a lot of freeware out there that emulates different things. For example, DOSBox is a DOS emulator, VirtualBoy is a Game Boy emulator, etc. I suppose I am looking for a dvd drive emulator, of sorts, that allows a typical dvd rom to read different dvd formats, such as the one I need it to recognize. Whether or not it is a geniune copy does not matter. It would still at least recognize and open the disk contents. Why does that matter anyway? I'm a supporter of the EFF.

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#9
November 23, 2011 at 18:59:28
Politics aside, it looks like you're stuck with the machine the way it is until you can buy something new. If you already have a newer machine, I would transfer the files & call it quits.

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#10
November 23, 2011 at 23:40:56
You could, of course, buy a new drive for the computer. The last one I bought cost less than $20.

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#11
November 24, 2011 at 04:21:33
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There's lots of things being said here.

Bottom line is it appears your DVD disc is a DVD-RW and you're trying to run it in a DVD ROM drive.

Well you can't.

You can buy a new DVD-RW drive, (I think blu-ray drives are backward compatible with dvds but check on that). They're usually easy to install especially nowadays as newer versions will most likely have Sata connections. But you still won't get the DVD disc itself to boot if it is not bootable.

Incidentally, original XP discs were only available on CD's not DVD's.

The solution is to borrow a bootable XP cd and copy it, (THINK, definitely not sure, if that is legal but there you go), or buy one. Again not sure if you can do that as apparently they stopped issuing them with PC's because of piracy.

To sum up, your only options are to buy a new drive and copy or buy a bootable XP disc.


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#12
November 24, 2011 at 09:28:16
Hey thanks everyone for your replies on this matter. I definitely agree with the last three posts. It does look like I would need a new drive. I'm not trying to get into politics. It's a backup of the xp disk I used to own, so it's my copy and all. I have other towers in my basement I can probably work with. I think you're right, I either have to get a new drive, or just let that computer go. I just hate feeling like I'm wasting a computer, but it's probably just too old. (Though not as old as my 13 year old Gateway haha). Thanks guys :)

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