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Windows 7: Bluray drive acting like a hard drive?

04 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 64
Bluray drive acting like a hard drive?

This is a newer build with a Liteon Bluray burner. I don't know when this happened but when I clicked on "computer" the bluray drive name had changed from "BD-RE Drive (D)" to "BD-RE Drive (R) Audio CD" (The drive name change of D to R is my doing, I tried un/reinstalling the drive many times and changed the path name as well.) When I open the drive this is what it shows..(see attachment) What are these files and why can I not get rid of them. I have tried everything; burning them out, deleting, forcibly deleting, un/reinstalling drive, etc. They just keep coming back! And when I try to located these files on the system it tells me they are located at (R), which is the drive itself. It doesn't necessarily make the drive fail, but when I insert a disc, be it CD or bluray, autoplay will not start. I have to open and close the drive a couple times and click on "open" in the drives commands before the enclosed CD will be read. Any ideas? This is a new one for me.

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04 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

Hello Liquid69 Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I run into that enough here and generally it's more of a simple annoyance then any real problem. The auto play is set in the Control Panel>Action Center where you select what Windows does for each item whether it will auto run any video or audio upon inserting it a drive, open file location, or ask what you want to do with a prompt.

As for the desktop.ini file that will appear automatically even when creating a new desktop shortcut and will always be seen once a disk has been read. The cda files were present on a disk you had placed in the drive and won't be seen once you go through the Action Center settings there.

Sometimes going back and forth between setting the audio cd or dvd setting to ask what to do to automatically play will clean that up.
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04 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Are you saying that's what you see for your CD/DVD drive in Explorer when there's actually no disc in the drive?

The label typically changes to reflect what disc is in the drive.
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04 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64

Yes, that is what I see when there is no disc in the drive. I already have the autoplay option checked for dvd/cd. Those cda files simply will not go away. I've burned other media in the drive and still those cda files remain. If I can figure out where those files reside in my system I'm hoping to eliminate them. I should add that once I get a dvd/cd to play, the drive label returns to what it should be. But once I reboot, the label and those cda files return.
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04 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

I've run into that a few times where some files ready to burn when only viewed still came up until restarting the system followed by another task where WE was used. The task was then ended and forgotten by Windows.

In fact I run into that at times when going to copy and paste a large folder or numerous files onto another drive even a transfer onto a VM where the files are ready to be burned to disk type message remains for a bit. That's probably the one drawback 7 sees with the option to burn files viewed to disk where it doesn't get canceled fast enough with or without any actual burn. The task remains active and waiting for some time afterwards.
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04 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64

Is there a way or a "place" to cancel that task?
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04 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

There sure is thanks to the tutorial section here at SF! You have files waiting to be burned to disc - Stop Message
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04 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64

Neither solution works. The cda files are not in the Tem. Burn Folder. As I described earlier, the path for the three cda files is the drive itself. They apparently are not located anywhere else but the disc drive. That's what I find odd about this problem. It's as if the drive was somehow storing these files. If you look at the att ached pic, the cda files are under the title "Files Currently on the Disc", while the desktop.ini file is under the title "Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc." How can I delete files that are being stored on a disc that doesn't exist? Another odd fact is that the cda files have a creation date of 12/31/1994.
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05 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

The date sounds like you had simply tossed in an old audio cd to listen to some music and Windows made a reference to it. The cda file type is audio to begin with. Remember listening to any old cds lately?

If you had browsed that disk when it didn't simply auto play for you that would explain where the memory of it came from. You may have to run the same disk again and be sure to stop the player not simply click the X to close in order to fully close out the session first. It seems Windows is remembering the names of each file on the disk as well as the disk type from being closed up prematurely.

One odd thought came me across to me on this. But here I run with two optical drives not one where I could see this type of problem taken care of.

If you have any rewriteable disks you would simply toss one into the second optical while placing the disk in question in the other. From there you would repeat the original task of highlighting and clicking to burn to disk those same files and watch as Windows wrote the files to the cd-rw or dvd-rw disk to complete the task. Afterwards once you eject the source disk you simply reformat the rw and call it a day.

When mentioning you burned other disks was that by the same option in Windows or with a burning program? If you simply burned those with a program the first task was simply left unfinished.

I've run into this at times when not planning to burn any disk but simply had to wair until a few restarts later for that to simply disappear. That's where the guide linked earlier would have been a help being the only one that addresses this type of problem.
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