OLD CD Burns do not open in newer OS's

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Donna Shelley

Nov 5, 2023, 2:16:20 PM11/5/23
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Ok, this is a goodie.  You know how we all archive our precious "stuff" ( all my music files) on CD's for safe keeping and rest assured that we did a good thing and everything is safe???  Well, I was dismayed to find out that my M1 Monterey and M2 Ventura mini macs would not recognize any of my old "saved" CDs.   Yes, I was stunned.  I don't know if it was the system OS or the series of Mac (M1, M2) that caused this.
I kinda just sat there staring dumbly at the monitor message.  I mean since when won't an Apple computer open a simple CD.?  I didn't panic tho as I have other mac mini's of the older flavors...High Sierra and Snow Leopard.  So I went to them to open up my CDs and thank the Lord in heaven they opened without a problem.
Now my mac mini's don't have a burner inside them...I use an external Optiarc burner via USB and it works like a charm, I love it.  
But know this...hang on to older macs themselves as you never know down the road that all of a sudden you won't be able to access any of your saved goodies with new OS's or the new model of mac.  Don't get caught unawares.  Or I should say don't get caught in your underwear.  LOL.  Omg.  Lesson learned almost the hard way.


Nov 5, 2023, 8:39:28 PM11/5/23
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I trust you have searched on this topic, Donna, and found that you are not alone and that a number of folks have found similar problems... I would guess that is small consolation.

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