Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be...

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by wyldalee, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. wyldalee

    wyldalee Guest

    I am trying to run a disk at my work computer. This exact disk ha
    worked several times before, but now it's giving me the error "*Window
    cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could b
    using a format that is not compatible with Windows." N*othing abou
    this disk hs changed since yesterday. I have tried rebooting th
    computer, with and without the disk in the drive. I believe it is
    CD-R/W drive. This computer is running on Windows XP, and Service Pac
    2 has been installed. Any suggestions
    wyldalee, Apr 12, 2005
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  2. wyldalee

    Evan Platt Guest

    Ok, first you say disk - floppy? Then you say it's a CD-R/W drive. So
    are you trying to read a cd-r? cd-rw? What was it burned in? More
    Evan Platt, Apr 12, 2005
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  3. wyldalee

    wyldalee Guest

    it's a cd-r, just has data on it. again, the same disk worked in th
    same drive yesterday, and nothing about either has changed since then
    the computer was shut down overnight, and now it does not work. th
    cd-r was burned with windows CD creator

    it's not so much that it doesn't work, its that it used to work and no
    it doesn't. i tried the cd on a different computer and it opened i
    wyldalee, Apr 12, 2005
  4. wyldalee

    ProfGene Guest

    If you are talking about a cd disk you can try washing it with a mild
    detergent and drying it off. Somtimes this will fix a disk that can't
    be read. Floppy disks when they go bad usually stay bad.
    ProfGene, Apr 12, 2005
  5. wyldalee

    wyldalee Guest

    it is a CD-R. it works in other computers. i believe this is a proble
    with the drive or the operating system, not the disk. i'm sure i'm no
    the only one familiar with the problems SP2 causes with windows XP,
    am thinking this could be another one of them
    wyldalee, Apr 13, 2005
  6. wyldalee


    Nov 18, 2006
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    I get the same error message while trying to read files burnt on a mac using discblaze. I am fairly certain that i verified the files after burning them, and they are physically soundTDK DVD+R discs. I suspect XP but know no way around it.

    The file formats may not have opened in windows anyway, but i at least should be able to view them in windows explorer.

    the program i burnt them with had two checkboxes: "visible on mac" and "visible on pc". i changed the setting for the second disc, yet neither are readable. BOTH burn processes can't have been failures, as the drive was sound.

    I haven't had a chance to try out the discs on another computer.

    I tend to think that it's XP...
    TheMoonAndAntarctica, Nov 18, 2006
  7. wyldalee


    Jul 26, 2008
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    Solution to this problem

    (Veterans, I registered to post a practical solution to this problem for many people out there like myself who searched in vain, and spent an hour reading bull fed from other forums. Do forgive me for bumping a very old thread. :))

    :captain: A solution!

    My exact problem is that in Windata DVD-R discs (4.7gb) windows will give the "windows cannot read from this disc. The disk might be corrupted..." error message whenever I insert one of the discs and double click on it in My Computer. My drives (it happens in both drives, another indicator to me this is an Operating System issue) will not read the discs even if I reboot my computer.

    Nero was the problem. Here are the exact steps I took.

    1) I placed the disc in the drive.
    (DVD-R I knew was good but windows was not recognizing)
    2) I opened Nero and tried to continue a multisession disc (failed)
    *) Here, Nero told me the disc in the drive wasn't writeable (don't give up, there's more)
    3) I opened the original compilation that I burned That Disc (ie the one I inserted) with, by finding it in the file - open menu
    *) Nero loaded up the compilation
    4) I right-clicked the disc icon and looked at the compilation properties
    *) When I did this (possibly when nero loaded the compilation above) the drive started spinning the disc.
    5) Close out of Nero.
    6) Eject and reinsert your disc.
    7) Watch windows autoplay as normal! :)

    ** If the above does not work for you...assuming you have a similar problem (drive reads one type of disc, gives you the 'corrupt' error on another type).

    Try burning a multisession CD/DVD and saving the compilation before you close out of Nero (or your CD/DVD burning software). Make sure you do not fill the disc completely. Come back to Nero and do the steps above.

    I suspect it is similar to trying to drive a car with the parking brake engaged. The program simply has not returned your drive(s) to normal, and because of this, windows cannot 'go anywhere.' As a last resort, your drive may have actually failed, but I know that in this case my drives are fine.
    GTA11, Jul 26, 2008
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