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Solved CD-ROM properties for audio CD's shows as 0 bytes--why?


cytherian

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#1
On a relative's HP laptop running Windows 8, she had a problem where burned CD-R audio discs showed up as empty and wouldn't play, no matter what program you used. This was odd, because it's the SAME CD-ROM DRIVE that was used to burn them. Immediately I suspected some kind of driver issue, so I uninstalled the default driver and then rebooted. When Windows automatically reconfigured/loaded the CD-ROM drive, the PC was finally able to see and use the media that had been burned on its own CD/DVD drive. Launching WMP resulted in music being played.

However... I'm still seeing an issue that has me perplexed. When looking at an audio CD-R or commercial audio CD in the DVD/CD-ROM drive, it always shows as containing 0 bytes. You can still see the track ".cda" files listed, which individually show a minimum of 1K size in the file listing display. Oddly, checking those files individually actually results in 2K shown for the details. I completely understand why 0 bytes free would show because the CD was finalized, but shouldn't the amount of bytes occupied by audio media show up with a particular byte count?

I haven't been able to find any information about this searching on-line, so I figured I'd ask here. Anybody have a clue?
 

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System One

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    Windows 8.1
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    HP
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    AMD
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    AMD
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    RADEON

fireberd

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First, there are NO drivers for any CD/DVD drive other than the built in Windows drivers. But an uninstall of the drive in the Device Manager then a PC restart and Windows detection and reinstall will fix many Windows corruption problems.

I do a lot of audio CD burning as I have a recording studio.

What you are seeing displayed is correct. I don't have an answer to why it shows up that way. Here is what one of my CD's shows:
 

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alphanumeric

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Maybe because its an audio CD and not a Data CD? Different format from a Data disk.
 

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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    Asus
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    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
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    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
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cytherian

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#4
First, there are NO drivers for any CD/DVD drive other than the built in Windows drivers. But an uninstall of the drive in the Device Manager then a PC restart and Windows detection and reinstall will fix many Windows corruption problems.

I do a lot of audio CD burning as I have a recording studio.

What you are seeing displayed is correct. I don't have an answer to why it shows up that way.
Thanks for confirming that what I'm seeing is correct. I couldn't find any info on-line that was able to confirm, so your response is much appreciated. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP
    CPU
    AMD
    Motherboard
    AMD
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    RADEON