I have been having a very frustrating problem. After using the computer for a while, if I insert a movie (or any DVD), the drive label changes to read “CD Drive” and when I double click, it treats it like a blank writable disk. This is a universal problem, and when it happens it effects all the optical drives on the system. I have seen this on several of my other computers, which have combo’s of a single DVD drive, and a CDRW drive. The virtual drive is also effected, whether it is a virtual drive from Deamon Tools, Alcohol, or any other software.
Also, if I turn off the cd writing ability of Windows XP Pro SP2 on these drives, then it says “Please insert a disk into drive” instead of offering to drag and drop data. The key thing is it changes the label from “DVD-RAM Drive” or “DVD Drive” into “CD Drive” when the DVD is inserted.
The only fix is to reboot the system. On some systems rebooting doesn’t fix it, and then I’m stuck w/o an optical drive. I have had this problem a long time now, and I’d like to solve it.
What do you think is causing my system to treat all optical media as blank disks? Has anyone else seen this?