I’ve installed the above external drive and established that it can play DVDs, and read CD’s (I’ve installed software via this drive). Then came the test for writing to DVD. I inserted a Verbatim DVD-R disc (I’m led to believe these are of good quality) and the drive icon in windows explorer indicated DVD-R. So far so good, I thought naively, as this indicated the drive is aware of the disc format - got to be a good sign, surely! However, when trying to drag and drop files to this drive (it does support this function doesn’t it?), I receive the message, ‘please insert disc’!!! Thinking I’d got a bad disc I tried another, but got the same message. Am I missing something here?
I’ve searched high and low for a solution but to no avail, even though the FAQ page on the BTC Europe site refers to this problem, but surprisingly, it recommends consulting the dealer who sold the kit - are they kidding?
This is my first ‘stab’ at the DVD writing game and I’ve come to realise that it can be incredibly complex once things go wrong (which is why I’m here writing to you guys) and there’s a lot to learn. I’ve come across terms such as DMA (Direct Memory Access, right? Relevant only to playback?), and I believe there is software available that allows you to ascertain where the discs were manufactured - would I be right in thinking this makes finding compatible discs a bit of a lottery? Then we have the question of firmware. Does this have an impact on the ability to write to discs?
As you can see, I am a virtual ignoramus, so I would appreciate any advice or relevant knowledge you can throw my way. By the way, for what it’s worth I’m running Windows XP, have 512mb of memory, an enormous 120gig hard drive.
To cut short my ramblings, it will suffice to say - HELP!