CDRW only been detected as cd-rom please help

  danny0001uk 08:14 09 Jan 04

My CDRW is only been picked up as a cd rom in windows xp.

Any Ideas



  Jester2K 08:16 09 Jan 04

How do you know?

In Windows Explorer it will only say CD-ROM.

Right click it, does it have a Recording Tab? If so, check "Enable Recording On This Drive" is checked.

  alcudia 08:27 09 Jan 04

One of my machines says cd-rom. The other two say cd-rw. All work ok. Probably depends on the drive, so I wouldn't bother.

  Stuartli 08:31 09 Jan 04

Both a CD/DVD-ROM and a rewriter use the same standard Windows driver.

Device Manager will list both types as DVD/CD-ROM drives.

It doesn't make any difference to the operation of either type.

  tranceman 15:39 09 Jan 04


When you attempt to record (burn) data to a compact disc recordable (CD-R) drive or compact disc rewritable (CD-RW) drive, you may not have the option to send data to the CD-ROM drive. To resolve this issue, edit the Windows registry to identify the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive as a recordable drive. To do this, follow these steps.

Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Expand the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CD Burning\Drives

On the File menu, click Export.
In the File name box, type backup of drives key, and then click Save .

NOTE: You can restore this registry subkey by double-clicking the backup of drives key.reg file that you saved.

In the left pane of the Registry Editor window, click the Volume{ GUID } folder under Drives , where GUID is a 32-character hexadecimal globally unique identifier.

NOTE: If you have more than one CD-ROM drive in the computer, an additional Volume{ GUID } folder is listed for each drive.

In the right pane of the Registry Editor window, double-click Drive Type.
In the Value data box, type 1 or 2 , depending on the drive type, and then click OK. The drive type should be 1 if it is a CD-R and 2 if it is a CD-RW.
Quit Registry Editor.
Click Start , and then click My Computer.
Under Devices with Removable Storage , right-click the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu that appears.
If the Recording tab is displayed, the drive is successfully recognized by Windows as a recordable device.
Click Cancel .

NOTE: If you have more than one CD-ROM drive, DVD-ROM drive, or CD-RW drive in the computer and the Recording tab is not displayed, an incorrect drive may have been configured as "recordable" in the Windows registry. To troubleshoot this issue, follow these steps:

Follow steps 1 through 9 to edit the Drive Type value of the Volume{ GUID } folder whose value you previously changed.
In the Value data box, type 3 , and then click OK. The drive type value of 3 indicates that the drive is a standard CD-ROM and is not writable.
In the left pane of the Registry Editor window, click the next Volume{ GUID } folder.
Follow steps 7 through 8 to change the Value data entry to 1 or 2 , depending on the drive type.
Quit Registry Editor, and then follow steps 10 through 12 to confirm that the Recording tab is displayed in the properties dialog box of the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive.
Note that this may not work in all cases. This is only a workaround in a situation where the CD-R drive or CD-RW drive is capable of functioning in Windows XP and for some reason has been misidentified. If the drive is not on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), the drive may not work with the built-in CD copying functionality, regardless of this registry setting.

CD-R Drive or CD-RW Drive Is Not Recognized As a Recordable Device

  Â ÑÌÇKÑÂMË 15:43 09 Jan 04

mine says cd/rw drive in my comp also dvd/rw and dvd appear as they should.

  Djohn 15:52 09 Jan 04

Also, I think it depends on if you use the software driver for each drive. If I look in "My Computer" my drives are listed as CDRW and DVD. Nero was used for the writer and win CD for the DVD. If I click on the properties of each drive it will give the make and model numbers of each.j.

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