Blank Cd after burn to CD is complete

I use Windows 10 and Audacity 2.1.2 which was installed from and .exe file. Exported the file as a WAV file to my music folder. When I burn to CD using either iTunes or Windows Media Player, the burn to Cd process completes but the CD is blank. Have reduced the burn speed and always select the audio CD option. Don’t know what else to try. Getting frustrated!

Does the CD have the normal number of tracks? Does it step forward through normal songs…but they’re silent?

The recommended File > Export is WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit. There are other WAV formats and they may not work so well.

While the files are in Windows Media or even QuickTime, do they play there?

Do other Audio CDs play? Can you try to play the CD in your car (or you mum’s car).

Export the WAV work to your desktop and close Audacity. Open Audacity and open the file. Is it blank?


This file was exported as a wave file. The song plays on both iTunes and media player BUT the disc has nothing on it when it is burned and will reload as a blank disc.

So there’s two branches. Since the burn process apparently completes, it created a correct, perfect, stable, non-standard disk. Or the burn process created garbage (or nothing) and the burn process monitor failed. That one is my guess.

What are you using to burn the disk? Laptop internal?

One of my external burners will not burn a DVD in any form, but when I put a blank DVD in by accident, it’s not obvious from the messages and screens what’s wrong. It starts complaining about programming, driver and mount errors, and then just doesn’t work.

Has this burn process ever worked?


Are you absolutely sure you have a CD-R? There are other kinds of disks and they’re not all compatible.

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Yes, I am sure I have cd-r. This did work occasionally prior to a few days ago. I am doing this on a Toshiba laptop with internal drive TSSTcorpCDDVDW sn-208AB.

This did work occasionally prior to a few days ago.

That’s not fuzzy-warm.

The inch-tall CD/DVD drives work by having arms, gears and levers that suck the disk in, clamp it top and bottom and start spinning it. The super thin ones for laptops don’t work that way. There isn’t room. They work by having sticky pads and very tiny clearances. They get old. Quickly. I have an external “Fashionably Thin” drive that uses one of those burners. I’m on my third one.

The question is why your computer doesn’t complain about a bad burn. I know Audio CD burners don’t care about ratty burns because nobody will ever hear them unless they’re a complete mess, but still. A total failure should show up somewhere.

Tell you what, CD-Rs should burn a data disk. That burn should check as it goes. Gather 500MB of any kind of files and try to burn a Data CD instead of Audio CD. Generate 45 minutes of stereo noise and export as WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit. That comes in at 478MB. I bet it fails with massive data/burn errors.


Oh my! Hope you are aware that I am a novice with computers! I tried what you said. On iTunes at first I got the 4280 error again. I did the export again and on iTunes the disc ran for a long time and finally stopped with nothing happening. Disc blank and no messages at all. On windows media the message was ‘windows media player cannot burn this file. If the burner is busy, wait for the current task to finish. If necessary, verify that burner is connected properly and that you have installed the latest device driver.’ What now! Do I need to install a different disc driver? I suppose they have some free ones on internet? If I do that would the problem still be there? Wish I knew more about these things and how the worked.

It’s practically certain your internal burner is dying or dead. Windows Media basically said, “Find out why the burner isn’t working right and get back to me.”

It’s not software or drivers because for a time, it worked OK, then erratically. Driver problems tend not to wander. You have the symptoms of the two stand-alone “Slim-Line” burners that failed on me.

If you have production cranking through your burner, I would totally invest in an external burner.

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It’s a DVD burner, but if you look down the list of supported disks, it says CD-R.

There’s another trick with burning CDs. Find a finicky player. If the disks play on this thing, they’ll play anywhere. A computer doesn’t count. Most computer drives will play anything. I have an older “portable” clamshell CD player and it’s very particular about what it plays. I used to have a ratty DVD player at work. We play our DVDs on that before they go to the client.


Have you tried the Windows 10 built-in disc burning function? Have a look at How to Burn a CD or DVD in Windows 10.

Have you tried the Windows 10 built-in disc burning function?

Worth a try.


Also have a look at the following pages:
Solve Burn Error 4280 with Simple Steps
TSST Firmware downloads
CD/DVD Drive does not work after upgrading to Windows 8

Does your CD drive correctly read standard commercial audio CDs?

[Waiting on edge of seat]

…a novice…

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