So I started doing some searching on the net and found a MS KB article (sorry I didn't save the number) that said if you can read from but not write to your CD-RW drive without this message, sometimes Windows doesn't recognize this is a CD-ROM that is writable and suggested checking one registry entry to (don't remember off-hand which reg key, but data value needed to be 1 if read only; data value needed to 2 if writable). I did discover my reg entry was a 1 (maybe because the pc had been reformatted/OS clean installed recently), so I set the data value to 2. I was just sure THIS was the problem!! But sadly for me, the drive error messages persisted and I assumed repairs in the shop were the next step. Maybe laser alignment problem? Best Buy Geek Squad said over the phone it was a fixable thing if so.
But before I could take it to the repair shop, my brother in Seattle said try getting a new box of disks, as he had many times had entire boxes (or most of a box) fail for some reason. Long story short......bought some Maxell disks and BINGO, the drive copied successfully the very first one I used!
MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't always assume the hardest solution to hardware problems! (you know......the Help Desk response to "My mouse/keyboard quit working": "Is it plugged in?")
Edited by buttoni, 15 March 2009 - 10:09 AM.