Blu-ray Burning Bug Discovered in Windows 7

By · Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Blu-ray Burning Bug Discovered in Microsoft Windows 7The latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft – Windows 7 – has been on the market for almost two years now. Since it first went on sale in October of 2009, Windows 7 has broken numerous sales records for Microsoft products and for the software industry as a whole. Now, a new issue has been discovered with Windows 7 that is causing a lot of frustration for users.

Like Windows Vista and Windows XP, Microsoft’s Windows 7 comes with a built-in utility for recording optical discs. With XP, users could natively burn files to blank CD-R and DVD-R discs. Windows Vista added the ability to record to blank Blu-ray discs in Service Pack 2.

Windows 7 features native support for writing files to BD-R discs, but a problem has recently been acknowledged by Microsoft regarding this feature. According to Knowledge Base article KB2575215, Windows 7 will fail to record Blu-ray discs that are larger than 23GB for single-layer BD-R discs or larger than 46GB for dual-layer BD-R discs. When trying to record projects beyond these capacities, the following error message appears:

“There was a problem burning the disc. The disc wasn’t burned successfully. Make sure that you have the latest firmware for your CD or DVD burner installed, and then try again.”

This error appears because Windows has a problem calculating the size of the writable area on some Blu-ray discs. Users are frustrated over Microsoft’s recommended fix, which is simply to refrain from burning Blu-ray discs to their full capacity. This means not taking advantage of the full storage capacity of blank recordable Blu-ray discs.

A better solution is to use a third-party program to burn your BD-R and BD-R DL media. Many commercially available programs exist from companies such as Nero, Roxio, and CyberLink. However,  these programs can range anywhere from $30 to $100 dollars or more for a single user license.

If you really want to burn Blu-ray discs without breaking the bank, my recommendation is to check out some of the free disc burning programs available online. Two of the best are ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP. Both are freeware and support recording your data on to Blu-ray discs. They also offer support for recording CD and DVD discs as well.

In the meantime, let’s hope Microsoft is working on a hotfix for this “burning” issue! Be sure to check out our main site for recordable media supplies, blank discs,  Blu-ray cases, and more!

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