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Copying data to CD for use on another computer


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el diablo

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Okay. I copy data onto a CD-R from my computer and it says the files have been copied.

If I go to the CD, I see the files on it.

But if I take the CD to another (older) computer it says the CD is blank.

Any ideas how to solve this? I don't know if it is anything to do with the other computer being older?
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Did you verify that the CD-ROM reader from the other computer is working properly? Did you try to clean the CD-ROM lense? If you are not confident how to clean it, please read this : http://www.computerh...om/cleaning.htm
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Yes, the problem happens if I try to read the CD on two different computers other than this and over various brand new discs. Other CDs are read perfectly in the other machines.

Is there some sort of "closure" procedure I need to follow befotre my CD-Rs will be read on other computers?

The Cds I use are brand new with no other data on them. I copy files to them. All looks okay - until I get to other PCs :tazz:
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What are the contents of the CD, (Data / Audio / Video / Programs)?

Try reading this : http://duxcw.com/faq/cdrom/index.html
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I am saving mainly text files and images files - work basically that I want to take to another computer.

I looked through the information on the link given, but it doesn't really help my case.

I can only assume that I am not copying the files correctly.

Under file and folder taks I choose copy file, choose CD as where to copy to, and start the process. Then I open directory that contains the CD and the files appear to be there. Do I need to do anything else to make those files readable by other computers?

Other people bringing info to my computer have no problems.
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what application are you using in writing these files to the CD??
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Be sure to View Hidden and System Files.
  • open Windows Explorer / My Computer
  • Click the CD ROM drive (ie E:\ or D:\)
  • browse to the the folder which contains the data you wish to copy
  • on the menu bar > Edit > Select All (CTRL+A) if you wish to copy all the files including the hidden ones.
  • if you only wish to copy selected files hold CTRL then click- selecting the file / SHIFT then click-selecting the file
  • Edit > Copy
  • change path to ie.: C:\My Documents
  • Edit > Paste
After completing the copy, be sure to disable the View Hidden and System Files option.
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I am using the copy files facility that is built into XP.

I will try the view hidden files - but why would my files be hidden on the CD?
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after you dragged the files and dropped them into the CD, did you burn the CD? if you don't burn it will not put any information on the CD untill you press burn on the left hand side of the window.
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I will check that isn't the problem, but am sure I did burn the files.

One quick aside, can I reuse a CD-R - or is it a case of once it has been burned you can't use it again?

Sorry for these newbie style questions, but I have never fully understood CD-Rs and CD-RWs, etc.,
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cd-r--once burned, cannot be re-used.

What is the Operating System on the machines you are moving the files to?
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and if you know, the model numbers of the cd-roms (or computers if you know them)
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The CDs are Sony CD-R 700MB.

The machine I have uses Windows XP Professional, but the other computers run ME and Windows 98.

Thanks everyone
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this should not be necessary with windows xp burning tool, but let's see if it changes anything:

download the UDF reader

http://www.pcworld.c...fid,6944,00.asp

and install it on the windows 98*admin machines.
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