USD IDE adaptor for DVD-RW as a external DVD Writer

I have bought a USB IDE adaptor for my note-book computer. I tried to use it with a internal DVD-RW driver as an external DVD-RW since it more economic.

It's OK for read DVD disk.

However it couldn't burn anything on a DVD disk!!! I'm useing Nero Burning Rom version 6.

Anyone know why it cannot write anything to the dvd disk through the USB IDE adaptor ?

Thanks
tora111Asked:
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WatzmanConnect With a Mentor Commented:

If you have not already done so, go to the Nero web site (the publisher is ahead software) and download and install all of the updates (depending on exactly what version that you have, there might be as many as 6 updates, and they may be very extensive).  Possibly these are needed to support burning on an External USB drive.

You never indicated, as far as I see, if this is USB 1 or USB 2.  USB 1 will work for reading, but is probably inadequate for writing.  Since this is a notebook, if you don't have built-in USB 2 ports, you would have to add a PC Card USB 2 adapter.  This, in turn, requires that the notebook support "Cardbus" PC Card slots (32-bit slots).  Most laptops made since about 1997, or with CPUs faster than about 166MHz, have this support.

Since you are able to read, everything is working and properly installed, so beyond the above 2 suggestions, if those don't work, the only conclusion I could draw would be that this particular USB 2 external enclosure is not capable of supporting an external burner.  You could also try using the Roxio software.  One other test would be to try the built-in Windows XP burning software (this is for CD only, not for DVD, and is based on the Roxio code).

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rindiCommented:
What OS are you using? Have you tried reinstalling nero? Also make sure you have installed the newest mainboard drivers.
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al-hasanCommented:
How do you power your quasi-external DVD-RW? Via USB? You might need a hug then, which supports enough power.

Regards,
has.
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tora111Author Commented:
rindi,

I'm using Windows XP

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tora111Author Commented:
al-hasan, what do you mean by hug ?
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al-hasanCommented:
tora111: sorry, typo - wanted to write 'hub' for USB. Forgive me, please.

Regards,
has.
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tora111Author Commented:
al-hasan, it has external power supply !
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nobusCommented:
what usb do you have? usb 2.0 or usb 1? and what model of usb to ide adaptor do you have?
Does Nero see the drive?
no errors in device manager?
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al-hasanCommented:
tora111: Okay, so this can be ruled out as a source of error. Did it work before, when connected to the IDE cable?

Regards,
has.
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rindiCommented:
With XP first try reinstalling nero, along with the upgrades. If you are using the nero software which came with your drive, it will be an OEM version which is specifically built for your drive, which it is expecting on your IDE port. So, if after you have reinstalled nero and it still shouldn't work, you could either purchase the full version of nero, which in my opinion is worth it, as this is the best burning software on the market, in my point of view. You can also try the free burning software, CD Burner XP Pro.

http://cdburnerxp.se

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tora111Author Commented:
Watzman, you are right, the USB IDE external enclosure cannot support CD/DVD write function ! Actually, I have tried another external CD writer with the same computer, it worked ! Anyway thanks for your information.

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