CD reads 0 used space, 0 free space

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. I placed CD-R in E: drive and checked properties. The CD image on screen is
    colored blue, Used Space (blue) is 0, Free Space (red) is 0. Same thing
    appeared when checking properties on a DVD-RW. How can that be? What is going
    on?
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  2. Sorry, forgot to give specs:
    XP MC 2006 SP3
    Pent 4, 3 GHz
    2G RAM
    160G hard dr
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  3. Mike F from TN

    Curious Guest

    Sounds like nothing has been written to either one yet and therefore they
    are not yet formatted.
     
    Curious, Dec 11, 2008
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  4. Thanks Curious. I was under the impression CDs and DVDs are already formatted
    for use. I have been able to burn photos to CDs and DVDs before with no
    problem.
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  5. Mike F from TN

    Curious Guest

    The required formatting occurs automatically as part of the burning process
    the user is not involved.
     
    Curious, Dec 11, 2008
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  6. Which means I'm doing something wrong trying to burn photo cds. When I try
    burning using DI's "burn sharing disk" function it does not work. When I try
    burning using Microsoft instructions "To copy files and folders to a CD", it
    does not work either. I get error message something like "unable to continue
    burning cd" but it gives no reason. Just suggests some troubleshooting. I can
    try again and get the exact wording if you think it will help.
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  7. Mike F from TN

    Curious Guest

    When you try the burning operations described in you post are you using new
    never written on CDs? Or if CDRW CDs did you erase the previous content
    first?
     
    Curious, Dec 11, 2008
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  8. Yes to both questions, meaning that the CD was new unused, and the DVD had
    something on it that I erased.
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  9. Mike F from TN

    Curious Guest

    I have never experienced the problems you are reporting with either XP or
    Vista using the MS burning software.
    Is there any possibility that the files you were trying to burn exceeded the
    capacity of the disks?
     
    Curious, Dec 11, 2008
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  10. No, they were photos from my Microsoft Digital Image library that were
    processed in the normal digital photo size, and there were only about 11 of
    them. No way they could exceed capacity of a CD, certainly not a DVD.
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 11, 2008
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  11. Mike F from TN

    Brian Guest

    Any chance there is a problem with the drive? Can it read commercial
    software CDs? How about if you take the disks that aren't working for you to
    someone else's system, do they work there?

    Brian
     
    Brian, Dec 12, 2008
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  12. Brian, thanks for reply. Drive reads software installation disks fine. Have
    had no problems with drive except when trying to burn cds. Will try disks in
    another pc this evening and report back. Mike
     
    Mike F from TN, Dec 12, 2008
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  13. Mike F from TN

    Sigitas Guest

     
    Sigitas, Mar 11, 2009
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