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Reading incompatable disk

We replaced our hp laptop model ze1230 with an acer desktop. We transferred all of our pictures onto cd, but to burn a disk and open it on another computer you had to "make compatible." We have many disks that we didn't do that to have no power cord to start up the old notebook and need those pictures. Any solution other than buying a new power cord?

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  • davstep Jun 26, 2008

    the disks are all cd-r and the acer is an aspire m5640 but we can't get them to read on any computer we have come across.


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Hey davstep - please don't rate this yet. Could you please tell me what model# Acer you have and what type of cd's you burned your pictures on? ( i.e. CD-R, CD-RW, etc) Thanks.


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    Jeffrey Pemberton Jun 26, 2008

    ok davstep. Here's what I came up with. First off, is there a dash and some numbers in the model # of your desktop - like -E5407A or something? It would just help me nail down the specs for your machine. Anyway, a couple solutions other than buying a new cord.

    1)I don't know how many cd's w/pics you have but you could take them to a Walgreens with a photo dept. and they can upload them to an account that you create for free and then you can download and burn them to DVD or CD. I'm not sure what your optical drive does as far as what type of disks it will burn. That's why I asked if there's any more numbers in the model# so I could be sure. Walgreens charges about $2.99 a CD. Not sure how cost effective that would be for you.

    2)Second option. This is the one I would personally do. I believe on your pc right below your BluRay/DVD player there is an empty 5.25" bay. You can buy a DVD/CD reader/burner and put it in this bay. You can get them cheap for $25-35 if you want. You can spend slightly more if you want to get something a little better. This would read/write all CD/DVD types which would really set you up.You could burn copies without the hard drive of movies, and anything on DVD. Anyhow, that's #2. Two fairly good options I think. And if you needed help with where to get the new CD/DVD drive or installation I would be happy to oblige.

    If you feel I've done a thorough job answering your question PLEASE rate this as fixed. Please don't rate helpful it hurts my ratings. Besides, I've earned a fix ya. I tease. If I forgot something, or if you need anything or would like more help just add a comment and I'll be happy to assist you further. Thanks.



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