Forcing Ubuntu to read a cd

The following method worked when both Windows and Macintosh failed to read a certain CD.
I switched to Ubuntu, but I still could not read the CD (even though I could read other CDs and also a blank CD).
So I did some Googling and found out how to do it via the command line.

So here’s how to read a CD in Ubuntu when it won’t mount automatically:

1.  Open a terminal and log in as root (you could do it as sudo, but I use root).

2.  Type the following:

mkdir /media/cdrom0
mount /media/cdrom0/
cd /media/cdrom0
#Now you can copy stuff off the CD using the command line

The backstory:
A few months ago, my wife burned a bunch of stuff from work onto a CD.

She then turned in her work laptop, and the hard drive was subsequently wiped.

Unfortunately for her, she discovered she could not read the CD – losing hours of work if the data couldn’t be retrieved.

After some sleuthing, I determined that there was something on the CD, but no operating system (Windows, Mac, or Ubuntu) would mount it automatically.

So I looked up how to do it by hand.  It worked – and she got all her data back!


About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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