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Reading Data CD's

I recently had to reinstall everything on my Dell d600 because the computer crashed. When trying to read off of a couple of music data cds, the computer was unable to locate any files on those cds. However, when I tried them in a friends computer, I saw the files right there on the disks. Is there some mp3 reader or driver I'm missing or something? I have both Winamp and Windows Media Player installed on my system.

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  • ComputerJinx Oct 29, 2007

    These files are all on a DVD. I tried the ISO Buster and it says blank cd.

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You can download a tool called ISO Buster ..Its a freeware and excellent in recovering data from troublesome media..

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Hmmm... were the cd's originally burned using that laptop? Or were they burned on a different pc?

It could be as simple as your cdrom doesnt like something about those cd's. Or it could be a flakey cdrom.

My suggestion, try reburning them to a different brand of disk using a different pc. Then see if your laptop will read them. If not, may need to replace the cdrom. Though it reads commercially manufactured cd's, if its flakey, it will have problems reading custom made cd's.

Other option, get a usb flash drive and copy those files from that cd, in a different pc, to the flash drive.

You don't need any special drivers or programs in order to copy mp3 files from a cd to your hard drive. Yet, you would need something in order to play them. Which media player does just fine.

Flakey cdrom or flakey cd's... hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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    Chuck Gluth Oct 29, 2007

    You cdrom just may not like that custom burned dvd... try a different brand. Could also be a bad burn... readable in some drives and not others... I've had that issue on my own personal pc. Burned some dvd's with my desktop, wouldnt read in my laptop... tried a different brand, seemed to work. Get a USB flash drive and just copy them over to that in order to transfer them to the laptop... ;-)

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It's really sounding like the entire computer is having problems at boot. The drivers for the CD drive are built into the computer, so you don't have to worry about replacing them. That's how it can boot from a CD even before starting windows.

I think you are doing everything perfectly so far, so the question is how much more you want to do before selling it As-Is on Craigslist or claiming it lost in a terrorist attack to your home owners' insurance.

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Here are a few places to check out.

Dell's D600 Service Manual - to help you remove any tasty parts you need to (like the hard drive)

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