It's a dual boot system with Win 7. Everything works fine under windows. I can write to both drives with windows. Mint even recognizes the drives as R/W until you try to write to them. I am thinking that I need the Linux device drivers to make them work.
wodim allows you to create CDs or DVDs on a CD/DVD recorder.
It supports writing data, audio, mixed, multi-session, and CD+ disc and DVD
data and video disks on DVD capable devices, on just about every type of
CD/DVD recorder out there.
@billdriver -- arochester is trying to get an answer as to whether or not you can write a CD using the command line program termed wodim. It is peculiar to Debian and Debian-derived distros and comes in handy when situations such as your current one develop.
Just follow the tutorial within the link I have provided. I hope it helps and results in your ability to write a CD or DVD. Please get back to the forum in either case -- yes or no.
If wodim doesn’t work you could try installing xfburn. I just installed it today to burn some Blu-ray backups. It worked great! Since you mentioned that you are new type this in your terminal: sudo apt-get install xfburn
Once it’s done installing type xfburn again into your terminal to start the program