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Question: What does a medium write error mean, when trying to burn a cd?

What does a medium write error mean, when trying to burn a cd?

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Apr 7, 2012 5:20 PM in response to nwalls In response to nwalls

nwalls wrote:


What does a medium write error mean, when trying to burn a cd?

It's an error message returned by the burner. You can see the full list of these error messages here


<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Code_Qualifier>


It's not specific enough to pinpoint what caused it—it could be anything from a bad optical medium (CD-R) to a dusty or dying laser diode. You have to isolate the problem—use a different CD-R brand, try a different speed, use a different burn engine (eg, Burn), etc. If it occurs once or twice, randomly, it's more likely to be a bad disc. If it occurs consistently, and at the same stage of the burn process, it's more likely to be a drive or software issue.

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Aug 12, 2012 12:13 PM in response to nwalls In response to nwalls

I gathered from reviewing other conversations about this error and tried a different brand of CD-R Audio and the problem was resolved. Interesting though, I could still use the orginal CD-R that was a problem to burn audio with fewer tracks, but when attempting to burn audio with 17 tracks (filling a complete disk) the error was persistent. I can only guess that some differences between media and hardware exist when pushing the limits of disk capacity... Good luck.

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