Compact Disc or CD is a type of optical physical media that can hold digital data (data, music, video). Standard CDs can hold up to 700MB of data, or 80 minutes of audio if converted to an audio-CD.

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Hiren's Boot CD with UEFI support?

I am a long term user of Hiren's Boot CD, but the CD does not support booting on UEFI/EFI/SecureBoot hardware, is there some kind of update/patch to apply to the cd image to be able to boot without ...
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DVD R/RW Drive Would only read CDs not DVDs

My laptop has a Matshita uj8b1as DVD/r/RW drive, and recently it started refusing to read data from DVDs, I thought there was something wrong with the setting of the software so I reinstalled Windows ...
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CDROM does not appear on desktop, MACOS 10.5.7

When I pop a CDROM into the drive of my Macbook Pro, It spins up, I hear it, but no icon appears on the desktop. (I think it's 10.5.7; actually not sure how to verify this on Mac, but I think I saw a ...
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Can I rely on CDs and DVDs for storage when I copy them without errors?

I have old CD and DVDs. I am copying the files I have on these discs to my hard drive, but can I be sure that these files are not broken? I copy these files with no errors and don't want to keep the ...
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How to verify FLAC files against the AccurateRip database?

I've been ripping my CD's to CUE+FLAC so that I get image files that allow me to replicate the actual CD. This serves me as a backup and as an easy access to the "media" if I need to re-rip the CD's ...
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ImgBurn fails to burn data CD-R disk due to “Layouts do not match” error

I have a reoccurring problem with the program ImgBurn. Whenever I try and burn anything to a CD-R using ImgBurn it burns just fine, except for when I go and verify the disk. It tells me that the ...
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how to burn music onto a CD to play in my car?

I have some music files(.wav). I'd like to burn that onto a CD. I have downloaded the "imgburn" software. I am having trouble figuring out the next steps. Does anybody know the exact steps? There are ...
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backup original CD to play in as Audio CD without problems

I have original CD which I use to teach Aerobic Classes. Every time I play them on the gym they get some scratch, so I make a copy of original and play copy instead. I keep original for a copyright ...
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Being able to see the tracks and bits in a CD-ROM [closed]

I have 3 copies of a CD-ROM that came with a book, and all of them came cracked. By the third time, I thought that I could probably recover the information using these 3 different discs and ...
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If I format a CD like a USB, can I still reformat it to burn it as an mp3 CD?

I formatted a CD like a USB through Windows 7 auto play and filled it up with .mp3 files. Unfortunately the CD didn't play in my van. Is it possible to reformat the disc and burn it as an mp3 CD ...
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Install a CD-ROM driver on MS-DOS

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...
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How to slow down CD-ROM (optical drive) under Windows Vista? [closed]

My laptop's optical drive (Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560A) is quite loud when reading a disk. For my purpose I don't need reading at full speed, and 8-16x would be more than enough (1-4x would do as well). ...
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“Close Tray” appears in explorer when cdrom drive is already closed

OS: Windows 7 CDROM drive model: WH12LS38 (actually a bluray burner) Issue: When right clicking on my cdrom drive letter in explorer, I expect to see "Open Tray" because the tray is already closed, ...
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Bulk copy files from CD, and rename disallowed filenames along the way

I have an old CD with Amiga files on that I want to copy to my modern Windows 7 PC. Most files are read fine, but when Windows finds a file with a problematic filename, it only allows you to skip ...
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DVD ROM keeps spining at random times

My dvd rom tries to read disk at random moments while I don't actually use it. I even disabled it in BIOS but no help. How to disable dvd rom permanently? What causes this behavior? I can't ...
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After configuring UEFI to boot from CD I can no longer boot back in Windows 8.1

I have tried changing the settings back but I still cannot access Windows 8.1 It automatically opens a repair window (with a large unhappy face) which disappears after half a second. The system then ...
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How to Copy CD+Graphics / Karaoke CDs?

Is there any good software to copy CD+Graphics (aka Karaoke CDs) for Windows 7? Preferably free. I can copy the audio portion just fine, but for some reason I keep looking the karaoke lyrics / ...
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CD/DVD drive will not read discs after Windows 8/8.1 upgrade

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with Windows 8.1 and HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT20F disk drive and when I upgraded from Windows 7, the drive stopped playing music and movies from CD/DVD's. I checked ...
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Is there a way to treat iTunes songs as an 'album' without actually creating a new album for burning to disk?

I'm burning some Data CDs for my car stereo. I've made playlists that typically consist of: 1) full albums 2) random 'loose' singles 3) other playlists The great thing about full albums is that ...
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I can't finish Kali Linux installation process with ISO [duplicate]

During the Kali Linux installation process, I can't install because I am not using a CD or USB. I am using an ISO from the torrent download. I wasn't connected during the process so I don't know if ...
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How device drivers work like USB , CD, DVD [closed]

I would like to know how device drivers work (on any platform, but would like to know the differences between drivers on Windows, Linux, and OSX). Specifically I'd like to know how devices are ...
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Identify Blank CDs an DVDs

I have Two identical spindles full of blank disks (light scribe CD-R en DVD-R). How do I figure out what spindle has DVDs and which has CDs. It is light scribe disc so they are have no writing on.
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Why audio CD show used 0 byte and how to view audio CD real used space?

Below is the picture, it shows that the CD used 0 byte but it does have audio. Why is it like that? How to view real files and capacity of audio CD?
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How to protect cd data with a signup form

This is probably a ridiculous question to which you will say you cannot, however... I need to burn some files to CD / DVD for distribution. I need people who open the CD / DVD to have to fill in a ...
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Is there a way to use the empty space on a CD image to enhance error correction (for example entire second copies of file)

I need to write a single file to a CD and the rest of the space is just going to be left unused. Is there a way to use the rest of the space to enhance the chances of the file being recoverable even ...
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OS X: How to override stupidly restrictive permissions on an HFS CDROM

My friend sent me an HFS format CD-ROM of files to look at, and it has some unhelpfully restrictive permissions. For example, here is the ls -l output for one of the directories: d--------- 4 chris ...
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What is the shelf life of unused/unburned CD-R/CD-RW disks?

I have a lot of old unused/unburned CD-R/CD-RW media. Are there published test results documenting the expected shelf life of this type of media?
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Is it normal for CDs/DVDs to decay over time, and what can we do about it?

Over the years, I've occasionally had to retrieve data from backups I've made to CD or DVD. All these backup media were burned with extra care (at low speeds, not always with high-end media but never ...
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What is the difference between the BIN file generated by ImgBurn and UltraISO

I have a CD that I would like to generate a BIN file from (with a CUE file to accompany it). I used ImgBurn and UltraISO to to generate two BIN files. However, I have found out that BIN files ...
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Data CD for audiobooks?

I'm trying to burn my .mb4-audiobook files to a CD. I was impressed by the compression-rate (10 hours of audiobook within 150MB?!). The problem now is, that I cannot burn it as an audio CD as these ...
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How can I copy a DVD to another DVD using a single DVD drive?

I need to copy a DVD to another DVD, but I have only a single DVD drive. How can I accomplish this? I tried copying files to the desktop and then to another DVD. It didn't work out.
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Is it possible to confirm CD was burned on a particular machine?

Is it possible to determine whether a CD was burned by a particular CD/DVD burner? Is there any identifier of that burner that is always written to any disc it burns? This is something I'd like to ...
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Am I able to burn music cds by using a laptop with SuperMulti DVD Burner [closed]

I'm trying to locate a laptop that allows me to write/record music cds. Will a laptop that features the following SuperMulti DVD Burner do?
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Drag-to-disc CD or DVD writing software? [closed]

I just came to know about packet writing, which enables files to be written to disc one-by-one, instead of "burning" a whole disc all at once. After some initial searches all I've come up with is: ...
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Does the sunlight destroy the Optical Disks data?

I was reading this question about destroying safety data from CD's and I was about to recommend in a comment to use this laser in form of a lighter that is >2000 times more powerful than the sun in ...
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Automatically Boot CD

With a WinPE CD I always get the prompt "Press any key to boot to CD/DVD". How can I create a CD that automatically boots to CD without the prompt?
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How to fix a cracked disc?

A friend of mine has a DVD with a crack "its a crack straight through it, about two centimeters on each side of the middle circle", he says. I suggested toothpaste, will anything else work?
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How does one go about backing up older CD-ROM games from the 90's?

I have a bunch of those point and click adventure games from the 90's (my youth) like Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt and Spy Fox. These CDs are becoming old and scratched. Being that these were such a ...
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Difference between ISO, MDS & BIN/CUE disk image formats?

What is the difference between these major disk image formats? Are there any specific advantages / disadvantages for any of them?
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How to install Windows 95 from CD-ROM on laptop with no CD drive

I have a old Toshiba T4700CT laptop which I'd like to install Windows 95 on. However I own't Windows 95 on CD-ROM and this laptop only has floppy. I'd prefer not to have to hunt down and pay for a ...
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What is the purpose of this 4 pin cable with 3 wires that came with an old IDE DVD-ROM drive?

Stumbled on this cable today, it has 4 pins, of which only three are actually in use. It was found with a quick installation guide of an old DVD-ROM IDE drive and nothing else except some screws, so ...
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Camera Canon pal DC95 not being able to get cd contents

A friend of mine recorded a family event with his Canon pal DC95. This camera records to a mini cd. I saw the cd being played in the camera (which was hooked up to a tv) but when I place the cd's in ...
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How to change the permissions on a CD-R in Windows XP

I have an old Windows XP box with an unprivileged user who nonetheless needs to create backups to a CD-R. It appears that this is not allowed under the default privileges. Is there a way to enable ...
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rip a CD gapless, one track per file

abcde can rip to one track per file, but not gapless. It can rip gapless, but only to one file. It can't rip gapless to multiple files, one track per file---not that I know of. abcde -o vorbis -1 ...
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CD Recovery software?

I was trying to copy a few image files from my CD and I got "cyclic redundancy check error" A lot of my useful photos are not copied. I tried to recover them with several recovery freewares by ...
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What's a good (Fedora) Linux app to create ISO image files from CDs and DVDs? [closed]

I'm thinking of backing up important CDs and DVDs by not simply copy-pasting the files from the CD or DVD, that's why i'd like to create ISO image files instead. What's a good app for that? It should ...
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CD not being recognised by Mac [closed]

I have OSX 10.9.4 version upgraded from snow leopard On inserting a CD the CD pops out as the pop up shows disc is blank Please advise
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How to read old non-finalized CDs

I have a CD that was started in a 'multi-session' format, about 10 years ago, using CD writing software that I no longer have, on hardware that is long gone. The disk has files on it that are ...
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Corrupted files in a CD

I burned JPEG & TIFF files on December 2011 on a CD. I made sure that after burning the files were okay. But when I opened the CD on May 2012, the TIFF files were corrupted. I can open the files ...
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Computer won't boot from CD/DVD drive

I'm trying to install Fedora on a really old (1999-2000) PC, even though I have set it to boot the CD/DVD drive first it wont boot from the CD, I know the CD 'im using is bootable, do you think that ...