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CD created by Windows not read on Mac

by lacsr / July 11, 2010 11:54 PM PDT

I am a new Mac user and trying to learn how to do an acceptable job. Previously a Windows only user, we now have a Mac environment with several Mac's on a network. We had a guest speaker for our group and he had brought a Powerpoint presentation on CD that he wished to use during the presentation. When the CD was placed in the Mac Mini drive, the info was not seen and the OS wanted to know what to do with the CD. Another Mac ( a notebook )displayed a similar message. The guest speaker was disappointed that we could not use the PowerPoint presentation. He stated further that it is the same CD used many other places with no problems (Windows based computers, I assume)
My question " Is this common and if so what can be done as a remedy?
If it is not common, what could have caused this? My guess is that Windows wrote the disc from the OS and possibly did not close the session, or if it was closed Mac cannot read that type of CD. Any solution for this other than have a Windows based system available to read a CD of this nature?

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It is highly likely that the CD containing the PowerPoint
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 12, 2010 4:22 AM PDT

presentation was not finalized.

This would present itself to the Mac as a blank CD.

The Guest Speaker should put the CD back into his computer and finalize the disk so that it is readable by all computers.

BTW, if what the presenter said was true, he has been lucky in finding computers to read the disk. A lot of Windows machines, without the same software as he used, would not be able to read it either


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I thought the same
by lacsr / July 12, 2010 4:41 AM PDT

thank you.

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Cleaned CD with Compressed Air
by MMore2G0 / June 8, 2013 2:53 PM PDT

Hello, I found a thread that suggested using compressed air or a CD drive cleaning disc to clean the Disc drive. Compressed Air worked. I put the nozzle just inside the CD slot and moved it left and right for a few passes while blowing air inside. Fixed my Windows CD reading issue.

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