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By dmace2003 ·
I JUST INSTALLED A NEW CD (THE ONE THAT WAS IN THE COMPUTER I BOUGHT SECOND HAND DID NOT WORK). I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COPY ANYTHING TO IT. I DO NOT MEAN MUSIC, I MEAN I CAN'T COPY ANYTHING FROM MY C DRIVEOR A FLOPPY OR ANYTHING. I WAS TOLD I NEED SOME TYPE OF SOFTWARE INSTALLED TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. I HAVE ALREADY ADDED THE D DRIVE (THE CD) TO MY "SEND TO" COLUMN. THANK YOU, dmace2003@yahoo.com

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by TheChas In reply to copy to a cd

First, some details:

Is the drive a CD-ROM, or a CD-RW drive?

You cannot copy to a CD using a standard CD-ROM drive.

What are your system specifications?

Most of the CD burning software requires a 300MHz or faster PC with 128MB or more RAM.

If you have a CD-RW drive, and meet the minimum requirements, then one option is Ahead Software's Nero burn program.
You can download a trial copy at www.nero.com

Most retail packaged CD-RW drives come with a CD with one of 3 different CD buring programs.

OEM, or white box drives often come without software.

Various web-tailers will sell you the OEM version of a CD burning software package for a reasonable price.
I would recommend buying the full version though.

Chas

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by dmace2003 In reply to copy to a cd

My cd drive seems to not be working now at, which is why I haven't responded to your answer. When I try to read something from a cd(like my Norton system Works) it keeps telling me that drive D is not accessable. Any ides? I've already cleaned my cd and took the cover off the tower and used canned air to clean out inside. Any ideas-in simple terms, please, I'm not terribly knowledgable about computer terms. Thanks

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by opatzg In reply to copy to a cd

As chas above stated, is it a cd rw or rom, rom only read not write, rw or -r will require disk mastering software. You can download a number of them from simtel.com

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by opatzg In reply to copy to a cd

Excuse me, I ment simtel.net.

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by dmace2003 In reply to copy to a cd

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by ctmoore1998 In reply to copy to a cd

I assume that you purchased and installed a CD-R or CD-RW drive. Usually CD rom drives are installed as master on the secondary IDE channel and CD-RW drives follow this recommendation, if there is a std cd rom drive then the std is master and the rw (or r) drive should be strapped as the slave. Unless you are running windows XP you need to have a software package to burn to CD such as adaptec easycd creator or hotburn I personally use hotburn pro and prefer it over adaptec software, but each has its strengths. Visit the software website and see if it supports your drive, most of the burner software can be purchased online and downloaded. Adaptec has a direct cd that allows you to prep the cd media and use it like a disc drive and that sounds like what you want to do so theirs might be the solution for you.

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by dmace2003 In reply to copy to a cd

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by dmace2003 In reply to copy to a cd

Well, now my D-drive doesn't seem to be working at all so I have. been getting suggestions from some other tech sites. I put in a cd disk and it keeps telling me that drive is not accessable. If anyone has any suggestions about this, maybe I can trysome of the ideas I got about my original question. Thank you for keeping me in mind!

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by dmace2003 In reply to copy to a cd

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by TheChas In reply to copy to a cd

What you 'usually' need to get the CD working is the IDE driver for the chip-set on the motherboard.

First, is the CD drive detected by the BIOS.

Watch the screens at boot closely, you should see a page flash by that lists your installed drives.

If BIOS detects the drive, the hardware is likely functioning.

You need the IDE driver.

If you know who made the PC or the motherboard in it, simply go to there web site, and download the IDE driver for your motherboard and version of Windows.

If you need to find out who made your motherboard, try the free download at www.belarc.com
The adviser will give you a detailed list of what's in / on your PC.

You can also use the motherboard ID tools at either www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com
to find out who made the motherboard.

Download and install the IDE buss-master driver.

If you are still having problems, please post back with the specifics of your system:
Make and model
or motherboard make and model
Version of Windows

Chas

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