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    CD-R disk content does not appear

    We found a CD-R disk (HP brand) among some files and I want to see what's on it. To the eye, the disk appears to have something on it, but nothing shows up in my MacBook Finder nor in Explorer on either of my Windows 7 machines. Properties shows the disk contains about 100 MB of some sort of data, but no information of any kind appears in Explorer. Any idea what's going on?

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    You have found a new coaster.

    Are you sure the CD was successfully read at some time?

    Joe

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    No idea. Somewhere I noted that the disk dates to 2007, so memory is gone ... long gone. Anyway, I thought I should be able to see something, y'know? Does this case demonstrate that CDs are in fact not necessarily permanent?

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    Try isobuster:
    http://www.isobuster.com/multisessions.php

    It can read multi-session CDs that don't normally show.

    Jerry

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    Find a win XP computer to see what's on the disc. If a session wasn't closed on the disc, windows 7 won't see it.

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    Win XP. Yeah, I know some people who're still using it. (Doesn't everybody?) Great suggestion! Thanks!

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    Your welcome, hope it works for you. If not, it's probably a coaster as mentioned earlier by joeP517.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar3 View Post
    No idea. Somewhere I noted that the disk dates to 2007, so memory is gone ... long gone. Anyway, I thought I should be able to see something, y'know? Does this case demonstrate that CDs are in fact not necessarily permanent?
    CDs have a lifespan. See Understanding CD-R & CD-RW DISC LONGEVITY for more information.

    Joe

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