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Error message "DATA DISC"

My CDR W100 has worked absolutely perfectly for years however recently I am unable to record music as I get similar issues when trying to finalize and, more recently, don't get to the finalize stage as I am greeted with the error message "DATA DISC" when I try to record anything.

I have read other forums that all seem to suggest that this is due to the brand and/or type of blank CD I am using. I would appreciate any comment and advice.

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  • peterernest Jul 15, 2009

    Teqman: Hadn't seen your solution however I had never believed the 'type of disc' response though had heard it so many times on occasion had started to believe it!

    I shall attempt your idea and if \i live through the experience, I shall report back...



    thank you

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No No No and No again this disc issue makes me laugh. Look lasers are sensitive but after a while the power output level decreases to the point where the disc may still be able to be read but recording/finalizing is impossible.
Hmmm, I think I may have to point people to a link on this site as I've answered this question many times. However, here we go. As I previously stated the power is down on your laser specifically the recording laser. A potentiometer adjustment is required but this necessitates the drive mechanism with laser to be removed from the player. If you feel happy to do this, with the drive removed look on the underside of the laser unit and you will see two potentiometers (2 crosscut screw like objects). I don't know the layout of your unit but it's normally the pot on the right that needs to be adjusted clockwise by an eigth of a turn which increases the power output thus solving the issue completely. There's always a little bit of play in these things so it is safe to do this. Good luck

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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    teqman Jul 15, 2009

    If you feel confident enough to do this it really does work. If you don't it may be worthwhile having a professional look at it for you. Problem is though they ae more likely to come out with the lame answer your laser needs replacing, it's easier for them to make more money that way.
    If you wanna make sure things run more smoothly it might pay to take photos of the dis assembly process thus installing more personal confidence. Before you make adjustment on laser perhaps you could post up a pic of the unit showing the potetiometers for me to look at.

    Good luck


  • peterernest Nov 12, 2010

    I have been intending to try this repair on my CD recorder since reading this answer one year ago. My intention was to attyempt the repair and photograph the stages in the hope of benefiting others with this issue.

    I have not yet attempted the repair but since read an awful lot about this unit including reading the manual thoroughly. I now believe that this Sony unit is a very clever unit, it is very particular about what items it will copy and very particular about what it will copy items on to. I have invested in Maxwell XL-II 80 Music CD which do appear to work perfectly with this unit. When/if they begin to fail I shall resort to carrying out this repair.

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