I would not waste any money on disks until you can get a dvd to play from the drive. I would even try a music cd and see it that will work. Is the drive listed in file explorer when you put a cd or dvd in driveAlso, I have tried to run a DVD off the drive, It begins spinning up, stops and repeats endlessly. So I will see what comes. As I have not purchased the blanks yet, I appreciate your suggestion of brands.
Again, there are no drivers required for USB Mass Storage Devices, like External USB DVD drives. The Window OS provides it.There are no drivers for USB devices like CD/DVD Burners, they are provided by the Windows OS.