How can I read these CDFS MP3 disks?

Tony L August 11, 2013

I have CDFS MP3-G discs, they seem to be related to old software, how can I download them to my modern desktop and make a file?

  1. Jeffrey
    August 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    First, CDFS, offically called ISO9660, refers to a file system used for CDs and DVDs. Much like FAT, FAT32 and NTFS is a file system used for hard drives. Most, if not all, versions of Windows can read a disk that is written in the CDFS format. However, Microsoft has decided that we do not need this highly compatable format anylonger and has created UDF, or in their words, LFS. Thus, they have removed any ability to write CDFS discs begining with Vista. Pooh on them....

    If you need to write a CDFS disc, for use in MP3 capable players etc.... Nero and Roxio are a couple of programs that will do this for you. Or if you have an old XP box, use that as it will write CDFS natively. There are also a bunch of freeware programs that seem to work too. YMMV.

    Now that that is out of the way, if you are having issues reading a CDFS disc in your computer I suggest first attepmting to read it in another computer, an XP box preferably. If that works, good, copy all the data over to a network location or a thumb drive. If not, look at the drive manufacturer's site to see if it is able to read CDFS, not all drives, especally new ones are capable of reading CDFS. Most likely, thanks to Microsoft, they may be dropping support for CDFS. Also, as a side note, make sure that you are not attempting to read a DVD in a CD only drive, won't work.... Been caught by that before...

  2. Vandan K
    August 14, 2013 at 6:42 am
  3. Charles T
    August 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    To copy a CD from a CDF, check out this easy to follow directions...

    1. Insert the CD containing the CDFS data.

    2. Open Windows Explorer by double-clicking the "Computer" icon on the desktop.

    3. Right-click the icon of the CD or DVD drive and select the "Copy" option.

    4. Use Windows Explorer to go to any location on the hard disk that has around 700 MB (megabytes) of free disk space.

    5. Right-click and select "Paste" to back up the CD containing the CDFS data. The data on the CD will automatically convert to the default file system on the hard disk.


  4. Susendeep D
    August 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Try extracting the data from the CDs using CDex software.

    CDex Portable – The Best & Easiest CD Ripping Tool

  5. Hovsep A
    August 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

    How to Convert a CDFS to an MP3: iTunes

    open Sound Recorder in Windows drag and drop the CDFS file one by one perhaps you can save it as WMV?