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I have a weird problem with my cd-drives in windows 2000 pro.
I have two cd-drives, another is Samsung dvd/cd drive, and another a Fujitsu Siemens cd-r drive.

Now, every time I try to open a cd in my computer, it says: " The disk in drive * is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". Same thing as if you'd try to open an empty cd-drive.

Bios does recognize them, and even device manager says everything is working fine. When I put a cd in, the cd-drive loads it, but my computer doesn't show it's name or open it.
And to make it even weirder....my cd-r drive can still burn cd's O_o ...and they work fine...(on another computer of course).

They did work fine before, so I have no clue what has happened. Can't say what I have installed or done, because I haven't done anything but burning for awhile :/

*edit*: My floppy drive seems to have the same problem, or it's just broken, but it would be a too big coincidence I think. Weird things indeed.

Any help would be nice!

Thanks

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  • EXAMPLE:

  • If you get the error "Disk in drive X:\ is not formatted do you want to format it now?" while accessing the Iomega Floppy Drive, but when you click the OK button you get "Unable to format disk in drive X:\", there is a problem with the disk or the disk is write protected. Try another disk or remove write protection to resolve this issue.
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I have a weird problem with my cd-drives in windows 2000 pro.
I have two cd-drives, another is Samsung dvd/cd drive, and another a Fujitsu Siemens cd-r drive.

Now, every time I try to open a cd in my computer, it says: " The disk in drive * is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". Same thing as if you'd try to open an empty cd-drive.

Bios does recognize them, and even device manager says everything is working fine. When I put a cd in, the cd-drive loads it, but my computer doesn't show it's name or open it.
And to make it even weirder....my cd-r drive can still burn cd's O_o ...and they work fine...(on another computer of course).

They did work fine before, so I have no clue what has happened. Can't say what I have installed or done, because I haven't done anything but burning for awhile :/

*edit*: My floppy drive seems to have the same problem, or it's just broken, but it would be a too big coincidence I think. Weird things indeed.

Any help would be nice!

Thanks

Go to device manager and remove the drives and reboot computer to reinstall the drivers for the cdroms

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Go to device manager and remove the drives and reboot computer to reinstall the drivers for the cdroms

Yup.

And this may be a long shot, but have you fiddled with the jumpers on the back of the drives?

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I uninstalled the drives and rebooted, but it didn't help, still having same errors.

And no I haven't touched the jumpers, but I did help a friend of mine, and plugged his hard drive in my comp, using the dvd/cd-drives IDE cable. But I didn't touch anything else. Could this have done something?

The fact that my cd-r drive still burns cd's shows that the drives are working (at least the burning one).

And it can't be a write protection or anything because they are cd-drives.

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I don't know if you have corrected the problem (since this post is several months old) but I thought I would add my 2 cents in case anyone else is experiencing the same problem.

You haven't by chance recently installed "Norton Internet Security" have you?

I was having the same problem (which is, by the way, how I found this webboard...doing a search...but I digress). Both my CD-rom drives, my floppy drive, and my zip drive all gave the same error message "disk in drive <x> is not formatted, do you want to format it now".

There could be some programs on your computer that could be clashing with the Norton. In my case, I had to take off "IN-CD" and everything started working again.
According to Symantec, there are several programs that could be causing this.

To save alot of typing on my part, here is a link to the Symantec knowledge base where I found the info. Symantec Knowledge Base - Cannot access CD-ROM

I hope this helps.

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I have a weird problem with my cd-drives in windows 2000 pro.
I have two cd-drives, another is Samsung dvd/cd drive, and another a Fujitsu Siemens cd-r drive.

Now, every time I try to open a cd in my computer, it says: " The disk in drive * is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". Same thing as if you'd try to open an empty cd-drive.

Bios does recognize them, and even device manager says everything is working fine. When I put a cd in, the cd-drive loads it, but my computer doesn't show it's name or open it.
And to make it even weirder....my cd-r drive can still burn cd's O_o ...and they work fine...(on another computer of course).

They did work fine before, so I have no clue what has happened. Can't say what I have installed or done, because I haven't done anything but burning for awhile :/

*edit*: My floppy drive seems to have the same problem, or it's just broken, but it would be a too big coincidence I think. Weird things indeed.

Any help would be nice!

Thanks

Hi,

I experienced the same problem after installing Norton Internet Security 2004.
I tried what "Sabad" suggested and deleted the program "InCD" and everything worked ..........as it seems for now :)

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Im facing the EXACT same issue. My CD-Rs burn normally, but my CD_RWs dont.

Error message:
"Unable to format disk in drive E:\", there is a problem with the disk or the disk is write protected. Try another disk or remove write protection to resolve this issue."


They wont let me copy data into the CD-RW because of write protection. I cant find an option on my computer or CD Drive option to disable write protection.

I dont see why I should use a new CD-RW as this one was brand-spankin new straight outta the plastic-wrapped box.

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