Error: Drive is in use by another application

Posted on 2004-09-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I'm trying to back up my files on a DVD drive, but when I do, I get a message "Drive is in use by another application".  I've tried disabling my Internet security and getting off line, just in case, but I got the same error message.  This is a new Sony DVD burner and I've used it only for a couple of days.  The files burned onto it seem fine.  The software is Nero Express. Thanks!
Question by:Lucynka
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zvitam earned 80 total points
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You probably have another instance of Nero running. CLose Nero and check that there are no other Nero processes on the task list.

Then start Nero again.

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fatcontroller earned 40 total points
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Have you installed InCD?
It's sometimes this that locks the drive.
You can use task manager (taskmgr.exe) to end this process.
It will restart on rebooting.
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huntersvcs earned 180 total points
ID: 12155441
Take a look at all the icons to the left of your clock.  Right-click on each of them and end the process.  One of them may be accessing any and all changes to the DVD drive.  Next, make sure explorer is not accessing the DVD itself.  You want to make sure that the system itself is not accessing the drive - like indexing.  Also, disable any spyware, adaware, etc. if you are running a multi-session - they like to check all new files they don't recognize.  Finally, try using a different Disk - I found some new ones to be defective.

Hope this helps.
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philby11 earned 80 total points
ID: 12156525
hi there,
try removing the drive from device manager & restarting, if that fails try this, found in another forum.
"This problem is caused by Windows Media Center, using XP's built in burner program. You can disable it by opening the Media Center, go to "Tools' then "Options" click on the "Devices" tab, and select your burner in the window, then below that, click on the "Properties" button. Click on the "Recording" tab, and uncheck "Enable CD recording on this drive". By default Windows Media Center sets itself up as primary burning software"

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zvitam earned 80 total points
ID: 12158161
Try to stop the IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service, that should solve your problem.
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Cyber-Dude earned 40 total points
ID: 12158261
fatcontroller may be right, try to work arround this problem by following the next steps:
1. right-Click 'My Computer' => Choose 'Manage' => Go to the 'Device Manager' section => look for 'DVD/CD ROM Drives'  expand it and right-click your CD ROM drive => Choose 'Disable'.
2. In case a message of that relates the drives usability will show up in some sort of a fom... just confirm your knowledge...
3. Whait for 10 secs.
4. Right-click the CD device once again and choose 'enable'.

Try the whole process once again.


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XSINUX earned 40 total points
ID: 12158347
Probably you are using a DVDRW Media which is not Formatted completely after using it once. Ensure that the Formating is done fully.

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cofneverlivetotell earned 40 total points
ID: 12160437
I had bad problems with IN-CD - actually remove it from the startup programs in the registry

This should be in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Run

(to open regedit, use start > run and type "regedit")

Remove the key in the above path that says In CD and reboot

This will stop In Cd running on startup, and should let you use your drive.


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Thank you for all the help!

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No problem, glad i could help
Thanks for the points


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