Windows 2000 DVD-ROM Drive Cannot Read Windows XP-Formatted FAT32 DVD-RAM Media

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After you format a DVD-RAM media to the FAT32 file system and you then write files to it by using a DVD-RAM drive in Windows XP, you may be unable to read the RAM media in Windows 2000 by using a DVD-ROM drive. You may receive one of the following error messages:
Drive not accessible
Insert media
Note that this behavior occurs only in Windows 2000; you can read the media in Windows 98.


This behavior is by design.


Windows 2000 does not support DVD-RAM media that uses the FAT32 file system.

For help with CD or DVD drive problems in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft web page:
Fix problems in which your CD or DVD drive cannot read or write media in Windows


Article ID: 304841 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 3.4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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