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Reading Older Data Disks



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What kind of data disc is it? How was it created?

It is a DVD+RW 4x, I used Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 Deluxe Suite to Create a Data Disk and used the Drag to Disk to copy data to it, and it can be read by any computer. I have uninstalled Roxio 2012 and gone back to Roxio 8 and I can read all my data disks.

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Drag to Disc got dragged to the wayside years ago (it caused a lot of problems and was never a secure method of data storage)


You could try isobuster or cdroller to see if the files are recoverable (the free version will let you know if the files can still be read before spending the money on the full version)


If you are running Windows 7, EMC 8 will NOT work

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You obviously aren't running Windows 7 if you can run EMC 8, and if you've reinstalled EMC 8 then you won't need Isobuster or CDRoller.


You can leave EMC 8 Deluxe installed as well as Creator 2012 if you want, or you can uninstall EMC 8 but leave Drag-to-Disk operating if you want to read your data discs.


The system that Drag-to-Disc uses for writing was fine in its time, but it's different from 'normal' disc writing and it doesn't always behave well. It might pay you to switch to using standard writing in "sessions" since those discs _can_ always be read by any PC. You just fill up your RW discs, and then erase the whole disc instead of each file.




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