CDs and DVDs are much more reliable than floppies, but they don't last forever. Even under the best environmental conditions, some writeable removable media storage devices only last for a few years. Magnifying the problem is that the Windows operating system has its own way of handling CD and DVD media, which makes data recovery all the more difficult.
In this guide, you'll find troubleshooting advice for these removable media storage devices, as well as recommendation of freeware that can help ensure that data on these devices can always be retrieved.
Removable Media Storage Fast Guide
CD/DVD cleaning discs may do more harm than good
Data recovery freeware works on CD and DVD media
Recover data from unreadable CD/DVD-ROMs
CD/DVD drives slow down after consecutive read errors
Troubleshooting compact discs and CD drives
Blocking use of CD drives in WinXP for security reasons
Troubleshooting CD/DVD-ROM devices in Windows
Hybrid CD/CD-R technology offers on-the-fly encryption