My new computer won't read my cdrw's

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#1

My new computer won’t read my cdrw’s. It will read my cdr’s, I don’t understand.


#2

Welcome to the forums shyla.

Optical drives vary somewhat in their reading abilities. Sometimes you can update firmware to improve this, but with a new computer there may not be any updates available. Is this a laptop by any chance? Laptop drives in particular seem to be less reliable.


#3

Welcome, Shyla :slight_smile:

How old are the CD-RW discs, and what brands have you tried?

As with all blank media, some brands/manufacturers are a bit better than others - and it maybe that your drive doesn’t get along with those particular discs.

Do the discs already have data on them, or are you wanting to burn on them?


#4

My new computer is actually a desktop. I still had some blank ones left, so as a test I burned some pictures onto it. My new computer had no trouble reading it. It seems to only have trouble reading the disks that I burned on my old computer.


#5

It seems that my new computer has only trouble reading the disks that I burned off my old computer. I still had some blank ones left, so as a test I burned some pictures onto it. My new computer had no trouble reading it.


#6

You may want to try a specialized program for extracting information off of hard to read disks. Try ISOBuster to get the information off the old cdrw disks and onto the hard drive.

There is a free version of ISOBuster. Click on [I]Download[/I] (not the Buy Now button) http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php