Trouble reading a Windows-formatted CDR on a Mac OS 9.2.2

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I recently burned a CD in Windows 2000, via drag-and-drop... When I ejected the CD, it asked me if I wanted to "finalize the CD" and make it "readable on a standard CD-ROM drive." I chose that option. Now, when I insert the CD into my Mac, it asks me if I want to format the drive. When I insert it into a Windows98 standard CD-ROM drive, it reads it fine. Is there something I need to do?

Thanks,
Tim

P.S. My Mac reads ISO discs just fine.

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My guess is that it burned as an NTFS disk which isnt supported under OS X.

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Are you using a combo drive? The pioneer combo drive sometimes does not read all burned disks. Try to use several different brand's CD-R media (not a cheap one).

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I'm using OS 9.2.2 w/ a standard CD-ROM drive (the one the came with a G3/300). This CD works fine on a PC running Win98 w/ a DVD/CD drive. On my Mac, it asks if I want to initialize the "drive."

This could be some sort of multi-session UDF problem, but I can't figure out why -- all of my UDF extensions are installed and functioning.

Can you explain more about the NTFS format? How are they created and is it possible that a stock, internal CD burner on a Dell would create this format? Is there any sort of mounting apps that will mount this format?

Thanks,
Tim

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NTFS is just a file system. Like HFS, HFS+, or UFS. As far as i know its entirely possible to burn NTFS discs.

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>>>>readable on a standard CD-ROM drive

Could have been referring to standard "windows" drive.
Windows default standard is joliet, which Mac does not read.
You need to be sure you're burning the cd in iso format.

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So, is there any app that will mount/read the joliet format on a Mac? There is a Contectual Menu Item called "UDF Switcher" (or close to it) that allows DVDs and UDF CDs to be read as ISOs, but the CD I have will not even mount on my Mac.

Tim

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None I've ever been aware of.

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Your easiest option may be to reburn in windows using iso.
OS X does support Joliet CDs. There are various joliet enablers for OS 9 as well. http://versiontracker.com/mp/new_search.m?productDB=mac&mode=Quick&OS_Filter=MacOS&search=joliet&x=0&y=0

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This is it! Thanks... I did reburn an ISO version of the info I needed (which wasn't possible Friday, because the disc was handed to me), but this will allow me to read discs that I have no control of in the future.

Tim

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Glad to see you learned something else, weed!
How's that?

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Doesn't take a genius to do a search for mac+joliet
If you knew the info, you would have provided it long before I came across the question.
Nice to acknowledge credit where credit is due.
Cheers.  
I knew OS X handled Joliet. I was still stuck on the NTFS thing which is the only real format the Macs wont handle. Which is why i figured he was having problems.

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Nuff said.
Don't see anything about OSx in question.


One of the reasons I generally stay away from the Mac forum.

Didnt see anything about OS 9 either. I assume people are running current OSs.

Why exactly do you stay away from the mac forums?

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Anyway, sorry I accepted Weed's answer as the solution -- I just thought it'd be a good place to STOP the thread... Not start a flame war.

Anyway, I clearly stated the OS in the Subject line for anyone who read it.

Thanks for the help.

Tim

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