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DVD-RW showing as DVD-RAM


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#1 chillywilly73

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

i am not sure why this is happening but my DVD-RW is showing up as a RAM drive instead.
its even set as Master and i even redownloaded the driver for it.

please help :thumbsup:

the drive is a LiteOn DH-20A4P

im running Windows XP Home SP3

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:57 PM

Where is it showing up as a RAM Drive?

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:34 PM

open my computer and u see the drives: C: drive is a Hard Drive and F:Drive is suppose to be DVD-RW but its saying its a DVD-Ram

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:38 PM

Is there a RAM Disk in the Drive? I have seen this happen, that it takes the data from the type of disk that is in the drive.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:01 PM

My external LG Super Multi Drive shows up in My Computer as DVD-RAM Drive (F:) and always has.

[And in Device Manager under DVD/CD-ROM drives, as a DVDRAM USB device].

Description of your drive:

LiteOn DH-20A4P - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE Device
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive

I am not seeing a problem here.

Edited by petewills , 11 June 2010 - 07:34 PM.


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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:02 PM

[quote Description of your drive:

LiteOn DH-20A4P - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE Device
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive

I am not seeing a problem here.
[/quote]


i am using kypermedia DVD+RW disk and the problem is my drive is not suppose to be Ram.

i cant Burn when it says ram (witch is all the time).

now i used the Drive in another pc (with vista) and vista shows the drive as DVD+RW like its suppose to.

ps my drive is a Lite-on DVD+RW dl drive sry for any confusions.

Edited by chillywilly73, 11 June 2010 - 08:04 PM.


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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:34 PM

The Model LiteOn DH-20A4P is described as a 'Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive'.

What is your burning program.

Can you burn with the same program with the drive installed in the Vista PC.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:53 PM

A DVD drive is capable of reading CD disks too, thats why Windows shows it as DVD drive and not as CD drive. It is self understood that a DVD drive can read CD disks too.

Similarly,
A DVD-RAM drive is capable of writing to DVD-RW/DVD-R disks too, that's why Windows shows it only as DVD-RAM. Usually, A DVD RAM drive is capable of reading writing to DVD RAM, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW.

Edited by Romeo29, 11 June 2010 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2010 - 07:29 AM

well it wont let me write or erase anything so something is wrong. anyway forget about this topic just close it cause i cant figure out whats wrong and evidently something is screwy on my side and you guys cant do anything so maybe just close topic.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:39 AM

First of all you didn't identify the problem. You just complained about the way the drive was displayed.

You then stated it to be a burning problem.

You haven't answered the questions, either, so it's a little difficult to suggest solutions.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:23 AM

here's what inside my computer looks like.

i am sry for flying off the handle i just would hate to have to install vista (wouldnt do it anyway) just to make my DVD+RW drive to show up as a DVD+RW drive and not a DVD-Ram


http://img193.imageshack.us/f/mypce.png/

Edited by chillywilly73, 16 June 2010 - 07:25 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:49 AM

I removed your topic from my list; I only saw it today by accident.

I note the screenshot. I just don't see why you consider the drive has to be displayed as a DVD-RW drive.
Yes, it is a DVD-RW drive, it is also a DVD-RAM drive. I have a DVD-RW drive, which is also a RAM drive
and it shows up in My Computer as DVD-RAM Drive (F:).(no burning problems here).

Any number of Google searches will state the case. Here's just one:

http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/dvd-burner/liteon-dh-20a4p/

Note under Technical details:

Product Description LiteOn DH-20A4P - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE
Device Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive
Optical Storage DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 5.25" x 1/2H
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM)

So I repeat the questions:

1. What software are you trying to use to burn your disks.

You may have incorrect speed settings for all I know; may be set on maximum
or something higher than the recommended speed, 8x, 12x, whatever.

The drive is capable of handling many types of disk, including DVD+RW, so the burn program would be suspect, IMO.
(unless it is just giving up - how old is it?)

Or the disks; I have no experience with Kypermedia disks, so cannot comment on their suitability.

2. Can you burn with the same program with the drive installed in the Vista PC.

3. Additional: what is the exact error message you get, when you try to burn - that information may be
helpful, to enable suggestions to be made to resolve the issue.

I have to make the point that your reply did not answer the questions originally asked;
you merely restated your objection to the way the drive shows up and your reluctance to reinstall.

The more information you give, the more likely it is that a possible solution can be suggested by members. :thumbsup:

Edited by petewills , 17 June 2010 - 10:36 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:22 PM

My LG DVD-RW shows up as DVD-RAM in Windows XP but as DVD-RW in Windows Vista. In my opinion, it does not matter as long as it is working like it should.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:48 AM

Yes, Romeo, I had hoped that all the info given to the OP would convince him that the description is immaterial
and it appears to be a burning problem. Chilly, you could always try something else like IMGBURN, to test the drive.

I booted with a Linux Disk this morning and it recognised my drive as a DVD-RW drive, whereas Windows XP
recognises it as a DVD-RAM drive. Can't make the point any more firmly.

We are assuming that the drive is OK, perhaps not.

Edited by petewills , 18 June 2010 - 08:50 AM.


#15 chillywilly73

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:34 AM

i got it now. i am sorry for all the confusion.
i was trying to use windows xp to erase my DVD but it wasnt working.
so i downloaded Active@ DVD Eraser to Erase it and it worked.
thank you all for being patient with me and putting up with me.
if you guys know of any FREE software better to use (faster erase) please post before closing topic.


again thank you all for helping u were all correct on everything and i wasnt helping much im sure.

TTFN




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