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CD Drives Can Only Read Burnt CDs?

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SITEOD

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when i set up my new computer everything was going great until i wanted to copy my backed up data from burnt cds. it drives can read the cds just fine but when i go to copy anything (except for music) or install anything it gives me errors. anyone else have trouble with this?
 

JigPu

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Is your CD scratched?? I'm sure that'd be the first thing you'd check, but some people.... :)

Also, does it work fine with other CDs? If not, and depending on how old your drive is, it may have a dirty lens. You could test by stealing a CD drive from another system and seeing if it works. Or, buying a CD lens cleaner and seeing if that does anything.

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Oni

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Are you trying to copy through a standard CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, or your burner? I'd try copying through the burner, if you haven't already. Burners are usually more tollerant of reading errors.
 

ThePerfectCore

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Also, if those discs aren't closed or finalized, some CD-ROM drives will have a hell of a time making sense of them. My 4x laptop drive needs ten to fifteen minutes to crunch and churn on an unclosed disc before it'll let me read it.
 
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SITEOD

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yes, my cds are scratched, but it hasnt been a problem before. it works fine with normal cds that i've bought, and that's the weird thing. and yes all my cds are finalized, i make sure of that :)

oh yea, im trying to use my burnt cds in both my burner and my dvd-rom, but neither will work
 
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SITEOD

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i dunno, like $25 for a 50 pack of Memorex cds. this has never happened before and these cds have been burned recently, like within the last 2 or 3 weeks