My Computer Won't Recognize My Mini CD

By Lita McLeary

A mini CD is often used to save small amounts of information. It is often used for user manuals for devices, as it is often unnecessary to use the standard-sized CDs for saving information that will only eat a small chunk of the disk space. Your computer may not always be able to recognize or read the mini CD.

Step 1

Eject the mini CD from the optical drive of the computer and ensure that it is properly placed inside the drive. Close the optical drive and wait for the computer to detect the mini CD. Restart the computer.

Step 2

Insert another CD into the optical drive. If the computer recognizes the disk, the problem is with the mini CD. Check the mini for cracks or major scratches. If the surface is dirty, wipe the disk with a wet cloth. Ensure that the disk has dried completely before placing it back into the optical drive.

Step 3

Load the BIOS to check if the optical drive is recognized by the computer. Reboot the computer, read the instructions on your screen and press the key that corresponds to the BIOS. The most common keys are "F2," "F10" and "Delete." Navigate to the "Main" tab or "Advanced" tab (this may vary depending on the type of BIOS you have installed) to check if the CD/DVD drive is listed among the drives installed.

Step 4

Open up the computer and ensure that the optical drive is properly attached. Before you do this, unplug the power cable from the power outlet and unplug all cables attached at the back of the computer. Refer to the user manual of your computer for instructions on how to open the computer housing.

Step 5

Locate your CD drive. Unplug the flat IDE cable and the power supply from the CD ROM and then plug them back in. Ensure that these two cables are properly attached to the CD ROM. Close the computer casing and see if the computer will recognize the mini CD.