Burning to DVD-RW: Hardware, Software or just me?

I have a new pc that has an HP 400i DVD+r, DVD RW…etc.

My question is: the only time I can write to the DVD RW is via a 3rd party program, in this case Record it Now. (It came installed on the HP machine.)

Is this normal? are DVD-RW drive special animals? I have updated with the latest bios from the HP web site. I have also seen the posts here about the drive being recognized as a 400c. Do I need to find a way to format it in order to drag and drop? and be able to use it in any dvd reader?

Also the drive passes all PCdoctor tests.

Any advice or comments would be appreciated.