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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop

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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop
    Hi I hope someone can help me out. I'm on a 5 year old 15 inch G4imac, OS10.3.9 and I need to store a lot of data, files etc. I thought that using DVDs would be the answer due to their capacity. Unfortunately, when I insert a blank disc, it accelerates a little then nothing. No icon appears on the desktop.

    When I open disk utility, it appears there. When I click on it, it shows total capacity 0Bytes and under Write Ability it states Read Only(DVD-R). Is this a hardware problem?

    The discs are Kodak

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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop
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    Are you sure your iMac had a DVD Burner? Not all did. It would be called a Superdrive usually if it is.

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    Hi emte98.... Does the drive read normal DVD's?
    To store lots of data away from the Mac I use an external drive. Hard drives are chep these days and easier to find stuff on one hard drive that many dvd's which are prone to scratches etc.
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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop
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    What model iMac is it? CPU Speed? Screen Size?

    Click on the Apple in the Top Left. Then click on About This Mac, Then on More Info, then on ATA. It should show the info on the burner or optical drive in your iMac.

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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop

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    I've been searching all over for answers to this. I checked and I do have a superdrive with the updated firmware but I came a cross a whole pile of other folk with similar issues and it my be to do with the DVD-R discs being 8x and the superdrive itself only managing 2x. It was suggested that newer faster DVDs are contain technology that the drive can't cope with.

    So, unless I can find 2x discs then I think that's that.

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    blank DVD-R not showing on desktop

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    Try right clicking on the desktop and click 'new burn folder'. Then drap and drop all the files u want to write to the disk. Then in the top right hand u should see a button saying burn. Click on it and the process should start.

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