Windows 7 XP Mode will not read DVD+R disk

Posted on 2009-12-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
When I install XP mode on my Dell D520 laptop, the virtual XP device manager sees my internal DVD+RW optical drive as a CD/DVD-ROM drive. It won't read the DVD+R disks burned from the physical machine (says the disk structure is corrupted and unreadable)..
The Dell site does not have XP drivers for this drive, and I assume that it figures that the OS has all that is necessary. I tried adding an external USB DVD-RW drive, but it didn't see that at all. Suggestions?
Question by:ovidbailey
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    Expert Comment

    This used to be an issue even under XP which as far as I know was not fixed.
    Something to do with codecs explorer uses.Try using another windows explorer
    (Total commander).
    Accessing the drive with command prompt will probably work.
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    What kind of DVD-R is it...  (a movie, a data disk, etc)?    If it's a movie, does a "store bought" disk do the same thing?
    I wouldn't think you'd need any additional XP drivers for this device (since its hardware is emulated via the Virtual PC software).

    Author Comment

    Senad, running Total Commander showed the same symptom.

    Graye, that was the issue. When I burned the DVD+R data disk in the physical machine, I hadn't closed the session, and the virtual machine would not read the DVD. But when I reburned it and told it to close the session, the virtual machine read that just fine. Not sure why it wouldn't read the open-session disk burned on the same physical drive, but it worked fine once the session was closed.


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