What the most tolerant drives reading CD-ROM

May 4, 2010 at 09:53:28
Specs: Windows XP
I have some CD-ROM disks that were burned a few years ago on another system. My current system is a DELL latitude D620 laptop with a Philips CDRW/DVD SCB5265 The CDs were probably recorded on a lite-on drive.

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May 4, 2010 at 09:57:18
And what the problem? Your present drive won't read the CDRs? What format/ program/ type of CDRs? Are the disks CRRW? Did you use a packet writer like InCD or Drag to Disk to make the disks?

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May 4, 2010 at 10:49:02
I used Nero to burn just about everything back then.

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May 4, 2010 at 11:20:49
What program in Nero? If you used InCD then that may be your problem.

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May 5, 2010 at 09:24:18
I used the standard Nero burning program.

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May 5, 2010 at 10:59:34
Did you verify the disks could be read when you made them?

You didn't state what type of disks these are? CDR, CDRW, etc. Also, did you over burn them (more data than the labeled capacity)?

What version of Windows were you using then?

What happens when you try to access these disks? Does the drive recognize that there is a disk present?

What type of data is on these disks?

Verify you are currently using WinXP and that you can access other CDs.

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May 7, 2010 at 08:33:43
I verified that the discs could be read when they were made.

I think the discs are CDR.

I never overburn

I was using windows XP then and now.

The data is mostly picture and video files.

Certain files when read will not read and lock up windows explorer. The only way out is to eject the disk. The files most likely to do this are the ones in the root directory and the last files in the last directory.

I can read some of the CDs and no problem with watching DVD movies with the drive.

I just purchased a samsung external DVD writer. It has far fewer problems reading the discs but there are still some discs that have files that it will not read.

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