Recordable CD or DVD that contains data appears blank in Windows XP

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When you insert a recordable CD or DVD that contains data in your CD or DVD recorder (burner) drive, you receive a message that is similar to the following:
(drive_letter:) Windows can perform the same action each time you insert a disk or connect a device with this kind of file:

Blank CD

What do you want Windows to do?

Open writable CD folder
Take no action

This message appears even though the CD or the DVD contains data and is not blank.


This problem may occur when you use certain third-party Image Mastering API (IMAPI) CD-burning software to record data to a recordable CD or DVD. The problem occurs because the IMAPI CD-burning software changes the sub-header bits on the disc to a format that Microsoft Windows XP cannot read correctly.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.


For more information about IMAPI and the formats that IMAPI supports, visit the following MSDN Web site:


Article ID: 867717 - Last Review: December 28, 2006 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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