First off I'm pretty sure unwritable isn't a word so don't bother pointing that out! Anyways, a few weeks back I got a new spindle of Verbatim DVD-R from Best Buy. I unwrapped em and tossed out all the packaging. That was dumb I know, I just did it so I could add the remains of my old spindle on top of the new one. So finally I get down to the new spindle and I go to write a .img out through DVD Decrypter. It tells me "disk not empty" and won't let me burn anything. The program gives me the following disk info: SONY DVD RW DRU-710A BY01 (ATA) Current Profile: DVD-R Disc Information: Status: Complete Erasable: No Sessions: 1 Free Sectors: 2,298,496 Free Space: 4,707,319,808 bytes Free Time: 510:48:46 (MM:SS:FF) Supported Write Speeds: 1x, 2x, 4x Pre-recorded Information: Manufacturer ID: MCC 03RG20 Physical Format Information (Last Recorded): Book Type: DVD-R Part Version: 5 Disc Size: 120mm Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified Number of Layers: 1 Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP) Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit Track Density: 0.74 um/track First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608 Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 0 Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0 I'm not certain of it but it sure looks like its empty. If I right click and select properties it gives me the little pie chart dealie and shows that there are 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free. I've also tried to burn stuff through Nero and it spits the disk out and says "insert blank media" or something like that. I'm kinda thinking there is no solution to this and that I'm gonna need to buy new media anyway, but I am curious if anyone else has had this problem with DVD-R's. I've never seen it in Verbatim DVD+R's or any other brand for that matter. Also it clearly says on all the disks that they are 16x but if you look at the log info it shows 1x,2x & 4x as available speeds. Anyone out there have any ideas?