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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 25th, 2006, 11:19 am Thread Starter
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Some of this computer stuff is damn frustrating and sometimes over my head.
I don't understand how this happened and request that if you can help me you type it slow so I can follow it.

For some reason I have a program on CD that cannot be read completely, I thought once things are on a CD it was forever?
My desktop has 2 cd drives, one of them will not even recognize the cd is in there, the same with my laptop.
the other cd/dvd drive/recorder etc will read only parts of the cd "sometimes" and not other times, let me add that all other cd's work in all drives,
except this one, it is a copy and had a home made label on it, I thought that might make a difference so I removed it and the glue with alcohol, at first it seemed like it worked.
Can a cd just lose its content? how? it doesn't make any sense to me.

help!!!


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Some of this computer stuff is damn frustrating and sometimes over my head.
I don't understand how this happened and request that if you can help me you type it slow so I can follow it.

For some reason I have a program on CD that cannot be read completely, I thought once things are on a CD it was forever?
My desktop has 2 cd drives, one of them will not even recognize the cd is in there, the same with my laptop.
the other cd/dvd drive/recorder etc will read only parts of the cd "sometimes" and not other times, let me add that all other cd's work in all drives,
except this one, it is a copy and had a home made label on it, I thought that might make a difference so I removed it and the glue with alcohol, at first it seemed like it worked.
Can a cd just lose its content? how? it doesn't make any sense to me.

help!!!
Burned copies of CDs are notorious for inconsistent reading in different drives. It makes a difference if they are CD-R, CD+R media, brand of media, the drive they were burned in, the speed in which they were burned, etc. etc. Also, if it was CD-RW media, those do not have the longevity that just plain CD-/+R media does. The fact that they are eraseable and re-writeable seems to make them less stable than the write only media.

I have had a couple cases where I burned data to a CD and checked it, then later had trouble reading it, even on the same drive it was burned in.

I now only use brand name CDs (Memorex or TDK, had trouble with Sony) and burn at low speeds, usually no faster than 4X. If I really want to be relatively confident of the result, I burn at 1 or 2X speed. Even then it is not a guarantee it will read reliably in someone else's drive.

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Thank you

So its a case of you get what you pay for,
now that kind of logic even I can understand.
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It's really easy to mess up a CDR as well. just a few scratches in the right place and it won't read properly.. I usually use them for whatever intended purpose and then just drop them into the shredder... Check for peanut butter and jelly fingerprints and such...
Maybe able to give it a polish with good car wax if it's scratched/hazed..

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It's really easy to mess up a CDR as well. just a few scratches in the right place and it won't read properly.. I usually use them for whatever intended purpose and then just drop them into the shredder... Check for peanut butter and jelly fingerprints and such...
Maybe able to give it a polish with good car wax if it's scratched/hazed..

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Nope, I aint taken the blame for this one, no scratches, no pb&j, they go from the case to the drive back to the case and are handled only by the edges.
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its going in the shredder.


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Dave was right

Just got this in the mail today,
how long do cd's last?

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-10149-0...11&tag=nl.e497


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