Can't read cd-r

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August 14, 2009 at 09:42:49
Specs: Windows 98 se, 1.495 GHz / 383 MB
I stored some of my camera photos to a cd-r using Roxio cd creator 5 on a windows XP based system and did not finalize the disc so I could add more later. That computer died and I am using an older machine with windows 98se and only a cd rom drive. How can I gain access to this disc to read the pics? I am able to read cd-rw's fine. I did try to read them on a windows vista machine with roxio 9 with same results.

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August 14, 2009 at 10:28:56
If you finalize the session then you should be able to access them. If you didn't finalize the session then I am not sure. I didn't think you could even do that.

Sure you didn't use the packet writer (direct CD or drag to disk)?

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August 14, 2009 at 12:13:33
As I said, I did not finalize the disc. There were the options to leave it as is so more could be written, or to finalize so no more could be written, and a third that I don't remember. I do remember it stating that if left open that it could not be read in standard cd rom drives,and something about a udf reader needed. I have installed a udf reader but it doesn't help.

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August 14, 2009 at 14:18:10
Finalizing a session and finalizing the disk are two different things. If using normal burning software you need to finalize each session but leave the unused space on the disk open for future sessions.

Look at the links below for more help.

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March 3, 2010 at 10:23:53
Just to add that even with the free version of IsoBuster (OtheHill's 3rd link) you have an option to create an ISO image of the CD which you can then use to create a new data CD.

The above option is obtained by right clicking the CD on the IsoBuster screen (well, it is on my old version).

some other bloke...

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March 5, 2010 at 15:02:28
all you should need to do is finalize the cd. use the same software that you used to make the disk and there is usually some type of way to finalize the cd.

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