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:
#Now you can copy stuff off the CD using the command line
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!