CD Drive:/ not accessible – Incorrect Function

When you access the computer’s CD drive or DVD drive after you install a software or do some registry changes in Windows XP, you may receive the following error message:

Drive:/  not accessible - Incorrect Function

A quick Solution:

Right-Click on the CD drive with the problem

Select Properties

Go to Recording Tab

and then check the “Enable CD Recording On This Drive” box.



For more details or other problems regarding your CD drive please check microsoft help center like:

UPDATE Nov 2010 – Note that if you do not see the Recording tab in the CDROM burner properties tab in Windows XP, some processes that may help is listed below:


Process 1: You might not have the IMAPI CD-burning servive running-
Go to Start > Run > Type services.msc > Hit Enter
Check if your ” IMAPI CD-Burning Com Service” is started. If not Start it.

(More details:;en-us;324129&Product=winxp )

Nero may have taken over and disabled the IMAPI service.

Process 2: If the service is not running and your burner still doesn’t have the Record tab, then examine if your drive is properly recognized as a burner:

(More details:;en-us;316529&Product=winxp )

Process 3: Check if your PC has Easy CD Creator 5 Basic / Roxio installed. If, then uninstall that program, restart the PC and now the recording tab should appear.

Last modified on August 13th, 2011 at 5:18 pm.
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