CD rom not reading CD-RW disc

  Sprintthegrint 17:30 29 Oct 2005

I have an antique cd rom drive . It works perfectly for all read only (i.e. pre-recorded) cd's. It also reads CD-R with no problem. However , it doesn't see CD-RW's which I know have been written to. All I get is a 'device not ready' message box.I'm also running
98SE so is there some formatting problem here? Any ideas gratefully received. Thanks

  Splork 17:41 29 Oct 2005

The drive is too old to support CDRW. If you have Nero, run Infotool.exe and it will tell you what features the drive has.

  Graham ® 17:42 29 Oct 2005

Many old CD drives will not read RWs. It is a combination of a weak laser and shallow data.

  Sprintthegrint 18:05 29 Oct 2005

So it's time for the upgrade then!

  Stuartli 18:19 29 Oct 2005

Plus low level reflectivity levels of CD-RWs compared to CD-Rs, which is why many older drives cannot read them.

A DVD-ROM drive is a better bet, will be well under £20 and you could add a CD rewriter for a similar price, using the ROM drive for installing software, listening to audio, watching DVDs etc.

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