Has my CD been finalized?


  1. Posts : 224
    windows 10
       #1

    Has my CD been finalized?


    I unsuccessfully tried to burn some files to a CD but the (Ashampoo) burning program stopped midway through and it looks as if nothing got finalized. How can I verify if this is still a usable CD?

    Thanks in advance to all who reply.
    Dan
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  2. Posts : 8,699
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Select and try a different program. There are some lightweight burning programs on majorgeeks.com.
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  3. Posts : 19,241
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #3

    A flag is placed after a successful write to optical disk that represents finalizing or just end of sector (not finalized and writable after that sector) so if writing is not finished (unsuccessful) disk becomes unusable anyway.
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  4. Posts : 224
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    CountMike said:
    A flag is placed after a successful write to optical disk that represents finalizing or just end of sector (not finalized and writable after that sector) so if writing is not finished (unsuccessful) disk becomes unusable anyway.
    CountMike:
    Is this "flag" viewable for me to check the status and if the disc is not usable to burn can it at least be used to store (text, doc, spreadsheet, etc...) files?
    Thanks,
    Dan
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  5. Posts : 19,241
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #5

    I'm afraid not, that CD is screwed permanently.
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  6. Posts : 2,319
    Windows 10
       #6

    It won't be useable, at the end the TOC is written then finalisation.
    If it's a CD-R bin it, if it's a CD-RW erase it and then reuse.
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  7. Posts : 224
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    CountMike said:
    I'm afraid not, that CD is screwed permanently.
    Other than using a reusable CD, is there ever a case where a CD could be reused if a copy goes bad?
    Dan
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  8. Posts : 224
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Helmut said:
    It won't be useable, at the end the TOC is written then finalisation.
    If it's a CD-R bin it, if it's a CD-RW erase it and then reuse.
    And there's no standard way to check if a CD has been finalized?
    I was hoping if a copy failed then the finalization may not have occurred?
    Dan
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  9. Posts : 19,241
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #9

    bromberg said:
    Other than using a reusable CD, is there ever a case where a CD could be reused if a copy goes bad?
    Dan
    I haven't found a way and during the years I recorded or backed up hundreds of CD/DVDs and every 1 of 10 or so didn't work as it should.
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  10. Posts : 224
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    CountMike said:
    I haven't found a way and during the years I recorded or backed up hundreds of CD/DVDs and every 1 of 10 or so didn't work as it should.
    OK, thanks. I would've been surprised if there was a way to salvage a CD/DVD gone bad.
    Happy new year,
    Dan
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