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Are my CD's empty or not?

By learninmypc
Jun 30, 2012
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  1. After recently going thru some boxes of mine, I found several CD's/DVD's that are NOT marked. Is there a safe way to see what may or may not be on them? TIA.:)
  2. Coodu

    Coodu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    You can flip the CD over and after a burn the amount of data burnt usually shows up lighter than the disc itself.

    Similar to the picture below, which shows a disc with data on it. About 3/4 full.

    The outer area shows the area of disc not written to.

    Obviously to find out exactly WHAT is on them you'll have to put them in a drive in your machine lol :)

    Hope this helps :)

    [​IMG]
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,188   +230

    Thank you very much. Your picture solved the mystery.(y)(y)
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    You could of course just stick them in the computer to see what the contents of each one are.

    Norbor's method is one I frequently use myself, but it'll never tell you if the data the disc is readable.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,188   +230

    Ok, I'll do so later, thank you.
  6. Coodu

    Coodu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Hehe yeah, there really is no substitute for just popping in the disc :) I'm glad I was able to help you out but!(y)
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,188   +230

    But what?
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    Use NeroInfoTool. It'll tell ya if your disc is empty or not plus a whole lot more about the disc player as well. The left thumbnail shows drive info including capabilities and firmware level. Rt thumbnail shows there's a blank disc inserted at the moment

    NeroInfoTool Drive Info.jpg NeroInfoTool.jpg




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