Why do one out of ten CD-Rs not work and what can I do about it?

scott July 28, 2011

I bought some TDK CD-Rs. It seems that 1 out of ten will work for burning. Is that a normal thing? Are they bad CDs? Can I do something to those CDs that don’t work to get them to work?

I am not a tech, and this really pisses me off. I really hate how these software and electronic companies can sell things that do not deliver! Oh, like Microsoft!!!

  1. Tina
    August 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm


    did any of the tricks work for you? Please let us know whether you could reduce the failure rate when burning CDRs.

  2. Mike
    July 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

    One last option not mentioned yet is that your recorder might be damaged. 
    "Multi-" or "Combi-drives" which allow both CD & DVD burning and playing are often subject to laser calibration issues. For example if you use it to play DVD's 90% of the time the laser might get sort of a "memory syndrome" and won't be able to calibrate itself for CD playback and or burning anymore. Eventually in an advanced state it will throw out 9 out of 10 data media regardless of their type.

    I myself had a system which was used to playback DVD's about 4 hours a day. Initially I had the very same problem you described that I wasn't able to burn CD's anymore ~ and it got worse over time.
    The final result was that within only 1 year I had two defective "Combo-drives" which were gone for good. I ended up replacing it with a DVD-Rom [which is playback only] and it is still working after ~4 years.

  3. James Bruce
    July 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Burn at a lower speed, it could be that the cd-rs themselves only support 8x and you are burning at 12x. 

    July 29, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Hello, it seems to me you are getting a few coasters and it is not normal.  What speed are you using to burn your cds?  It could be a bad batch of cds or it could also be that you are trying to burn them at a speed that is too fast and therefore you are getting skips.  It could also be that the lasers in your burner need to be cleaned.  Have you tried using a different brand of cds?  You should get a small pack of 5 or 10 from a different brand and see if the same thing happens.

    Unfortunately, I do not think that you can do anything with the cds that do not work...I mean you can use them for coasters for those times when you are having a cold one....