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Old 10-22-2008, 08:49 AM   #1
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Read "Direct CD" disk?


Just a wild stab-in-the-dark here: I have some CDs written in the days when I used to run Windows 98, and they are created in a Roxio format called "Direct CD". Are there any Linux programs that would enable me to recover the data, or close the disk so it can operate as a normal data CD would?

Direct CD enabled files to be dragged-and-dropped straight onto the disk, in the days when session-writing was the norm. But until you closed the disk, only Direct CD could read the data...
 
Old 10-23-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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You can try your luck with any front-end to the cd burner - like xcdroast - see if the previous sessions are recognized and if you can "fix" the disc. Good luck - a lot of those schemes were proprietary and you just couldn't read the data without the right driver.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 05:55 AM   #3
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DirectCds use the UDF filesystem. I assume that Ubuntu includes UDF support in their kernel and all you need to do is mount the cd.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 02:41 PM   #4
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Okay, thanks. I did try mounting the CD in the first place, but no luck. I'll try a few burner programs and see if I have any luck.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 03:00 PM   #5
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Okay, thanks. I did try mounting the CD in the first place, but no luck. I'll try a few burner programs and see if I have any luck.
Did you try a generic mount, or did you specify the udf filesystem type?
 
Old 10-25-2008, 01:45 AM   #6
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Well I guess I just popped the CD in the drive, and it whirred round for a minute, not picking any indexing information up. Can I specify the filesystem type before/after/during a mount then? In standard Ubuntu?
 
Old 10-25-2008, 02:37 AM   #7
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When running 'mount' just give the -t option along with the wanted filesystem:
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mount -t udf /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
 
  


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