A simple CD/DVD drive or reader can only recognize and read already recorded media. For those, any blank is the same as NO disk.
To recognize and burn a recordable media, you need a CD/DVD writer (CD-R or DVD-R) or a rewriter (CD-RW or DVD-RW)
The CD versions can only work with a CD-R disk.
A DVD version can record both Cds and DVDs.
Now, a DVD-RW can be bough for 10$ to 20$ depending on the store and your location. A CD-RW will costs about the same, if you can find one...