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It depends upon what type of data you want to copy onto a CD or DVD.
If you want to copy and play music in a CD player then it needs to be on a CD disc.
If you want to copy and play movie DVDs in a DVD player then it needs to be on a DVD disc.
If you want to backup data files then it can be on either CD or DVD discs (depending upon the amount of data to be stored on the disc - CD holds 700 Mb, single layer DVD holds 4.7 Gb, and dual layer DVD holds 8.5 Gb of data).
A DVD player can read both CDs and DVDs, but a CD player cannot read DVD discs.
This may be a hardware problem - my drive was not recognizing any CDs, but read and played DVDs fine. There are separate CD and DVD detectors, and over time, one or the other may drift out of spec. I found a solution posted elsewhere on this site: If you remove the drive from the machine and open the drive tray, you'll see a metal plate held in place by three black screws. With a small (2mm) Phillips screwdriver, remove the plate. Gently lift the flat ribbon to the side and you'll see two very small potentiometers that can be adjusted with the same screwdriver. For a CD problem turn the one closer to the front of the drive about 1/8 turn clockwise, close everything up and try the drive again. You may have to repeat the procedure a couple of times before it reaches the right setting (mine took two tries). (The other pot controls the DVD reader.)