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URGENT HELP NEEDED! cdrw drive won't recognize files

by queenopearls / September 11, 2006 9:53 AM PDT

CD R with data files burned with CD/DVD r/w drive on a Dell laptop running Windows Home XP was put into HP/Compaq desktop with CD R/W drive to print files.
The drive recognition changed from CDRW (when clicking on ''explore'' on the start menu) to ''UDF Drive Letter Access'' when attempting to access files on the desktop computer.
At first the computer recognized the files and printed a couple of pages. Then things went haywire.
The Samsung 252 RW drive in the desktop would not let the CD-R disc go. Now neither the desktop nor the Dell laptop will see ANY files on the CD-R. The message is that it is a blank disk.
Now what? Those files are ... very important.
Any suggestions?

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If this is urgent...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 10:03 AM PDT

See if ISOBUSTER will look at the disk.

In closing, where's the other copy of this disk? CDRW media doesn't last long when used as a disk drive. This lesson is often learned but rarely taught.

Those CDRW as a drive letter corrupt too often if we move between machines. So never do that and have it as the only copy. (another learned but rarely taught item.)


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by queenopearls / September 11, 2006 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: If this is urgent...

Thanks, I hear your lessons and I am attempting to help my roommate out. Ack... I hear you on the lessons but I was NOT aware that switching between computers was ill advised.
I will try Isobuster.. good suggestion.
Film at 11.

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Isobuster is working! lessons learned
by queenopearls / September 11, 2006 10:20 AM PDT
In reply to: If this is urgent...

You're a lifesaver! I forgot I had that program.
Thank you so much! WOW! You have no idea how much your help means to both myself and my roommate.
God Bless you! You certainly have Blessed us!

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You saved the day.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 10:27 AM PDT

Here's the lowdown.

Those CDRW as a diskette programs are not truly interchangable between machines. If I use InCD on one and another version of InCD is on another machine it's not assured that (a) it will work and (b) that the CDRW might corrupt.

The eject problem did happen on all three common packet writing softwares (Roxio's DirectCD, HP's DLA and Nero's InCD). Usually fixed with an update from each maker. Why they shipped it out with that bug I'll never know.


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no YOU saved it!
by queenopearls / September 11, 2006 10:37 AM PDT
In reply to: You saved the day.

I copied your responses into a word doc and printed for the roommate. (saved them also! lol) Sometimes we all need a reminder and, frankly, I was not aware of the imcompatibility issue...
I think the issue of .. ahem.. backups is also important.
So... retire knowing you made some people very happy and grateful for your selfless assistance.
I remain an amateur geek but hopefull of learning more.

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