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sahm70

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I created a data CD on a local library computer. The CD contain(ed/s) .tif files from microfilms that I was viewing. Prior to leaving the library, I verified that I could view the files in Windows Picture Viewer and they were there. When I got home to look over my data, my CD drive kept spinning away and when I checked the "D" drive on the computer, it said free space O bytes; total size 0 bytes.

Please tell me that my 2 hours of research is not lost! Is there anything I can do to retrieve this information?
 

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Did you finalize the CD? Sometimes you can not view on another machine until you have done that.
 

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What software did you use to burn the CD? Do you know if it is burned as a single or multi-session disc or as a UDF formatted Disc?

If you look at the bottom of the disc with a strong light can you see any color differences between the inner recorded area and the outer blank area?
 

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cwwozniak said:
What software did you use to burn the CD? Do you know if it is burned as a single or multi-session disc or as a UDF formatted Disc?

Unfortunately, I didn't pay too close attention to the software that I was using. When I finished burning the data, it did ask me if I was planning to store more library data in the future on the disc or just taking it home. I believe I said that I planned to save more data in the future.

If you look at the bottom of the disc with a strong light can you see any color differences between the inner recorded area and the outer blank area?
There is definately a color difference between the inner section and the outer area. Is this good news?
 

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The fact that you have the two different colors confirms that something was burned to the CD. Now it is a matter of figuring out how to read it.

If you are using Windows XP on your PC, here is some information from Microsoft on possible causes and possible solutions for your problem.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321640

Have you considered talking to someone at the library? You may not be the first person to be in this situation and they may have a ready answer.
 

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cwwozniak said:
The fact that you have the two different colors confirms that something was burned to the CD. Now it is a matter of figuring out how to read it.

If you are using Windows XP on your PC, here is some information from Microsoft on possible causes and possible solutions for your problem.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321640

Have you considered talking to someone at the library? You may not be the first person to be in this situation and they may have a ready answer.
Thanks so much for your help! You've given me hope that all may not be lost! I will be going to the research library tomorrow and will ask at that time. They're closed today, so I was starting to sweat the situation!
 
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If you "created" the CD by dragging and dropping files to it as if it was a floppy disk, and did not then need to perform a "burn" process as a defined step, the files will be in UDF "packet writing" format, which means you need the appropriate software to read them.
 
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