"D Not Accessible"

Hi folks,
I’ve got a problem with a CDRW which has recently
arisen. I had the same problem with another CDRW several
months ago and wound up replacing it with this one;
as I recall, even the replacement had the same problem and
Iwas forced to reformat the drive to get it to work. :frowning:
Anyway, hopefully somebody in here can bail me out. :slight_smile:
My box is a home built job.
Basic setup is as follows:
1Gig AMD Thunderbird
Windows 98SE
"LITE-ON-LTR12101B CDROM-reported by “Device Manager”
Brand Name of CDRW (note it IS actually a CDRW) :slight_smile:
“Pacific Digital Internal IDE/ATAPI CD-RW Drive”
This thing can and will presently access ANY CDR or
CDRW media which has -existing- data on it such as
MP3s or a game CD.
However, when I insert a -blank- CD or CDRW
disk, I get the following message when using
Windows Explorer:
“D:\ Not accessible. The device is not ready”
Looking under “My Computer” / “D” with a blank
media disk inserted shows the following:
CD-ROM Disk, file system FAT, used space 0 bytes,
free space 0 bytes, capacity 0 bytes, Drive D
Under My Computer/System/Devices I have the
following showing (I show NO conflicts, BTW)
GENERAL TAB: Device Working Properly
SETTINGS TAB: Firmware Revision LS3B
Target ID: 0
OPTIONS: Disconnect -enabled
Sync Data Transfer NOT enabled
Auto Insert Notification - Enabled
Current Drive Letter Assignment: D
DRIVER TAB: "No driver files are required or have been
loaded for this device. To update driver
files for this device click “update driver”.

Any help/assistance you folks can offer me would
be greatly appreciated.

can you try a new ide cable??

>>>can you try a new ide cable??

Thanks for the reply. I think I’ve got another cable kickin’
around somewhere and I’ll give that a go. I believe
when I replaced the other CDRW with this one, that I
kept the old cable in place.
If that doesn’t work, do you think reinstalling
Win98SE might do the trick?
Regards, Oddball

i am not sure about the cable…just try it…

re-installing can solve a lott of problems…but it should be the last thing to do…

you can try to delete your drives in the device manager, or try to install your ide drivers again

Hmmm…I get this message occasionally as well. It usually happens to me when I burn a cd incorrectly and produce a coaster. My plex 121032A will read it, but my old-ass toshiba 16x CD-Rom wont. It may be that your media is screwed up. Try replacing the Cd’s that you use.

Thanks guys,
I’ve got several types of blank media here, so
it’s doubtful that’s the issue. But, the new cable is
worth a shot, and I guess a reinstall of Win98 couldn’t
foul much things up.
I’m not a hard core overclocker, so there’s no
tweaking or anything that I’ve done which might
have caused the problem.
Having replaced the old one with this one, and seeing
the same problem arise over a relatively short time,
and seein’ that I rarely “burn” anything anyhow, the
new cable and overwriting Win98 seems the
first logical two choices from my end of the stick.
My best and my thanks to you both for taking the time
and effort to reply.
Regards, Oddball

However, when I insert a -blank- CD or CDRW disk, I get the following message when using Windows Explorer

THis is what commonly happens when you insert a blank CD - it’s not formatted, there’s no data on it, so there’s nothing for Windows to read. A bit like accessing an unformatted hard drive. There’s nothing wrong with your computer/cd writer/ide cable

lol, why didnt i see that one. This should teach a lesson, the answer is not always the most complicated one. :slight_smile:

Is Autostart enabled? I wonder if windows is trying to autostart a blank CD and giving you this error. Can you still write CD’s?? If you can then everything is probably fine. The other it could be if you use packet writing software such as directCD or inCD then maybe that has got corrupt and will not read the UDF file system which is why you are getting this error. Let me know if this helps


>>>Can you still write CD’s??

No. I can’t write CD’s either. Trying with a couple of
different CD burning software causes a program crash.
I replaced the cable, reinstalled Win98 and still have the same
I bought a cheap replacement this afternoon, and will
install it later tonight or tomorrow.
My thanks to all who responded to my plea for help.
Regards, Oddball