This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
As with audio CDs, discussed in the previous section, there are several
possibilities. The media compatibility issues mentioned above apply to
CD-ROM as well.
If you're using CD-RW media rather than CD-R media, you have to be sure
that the CD-ROM drive in question is MultiRead compliant. Some older
drives are able to read CD-RW media, but most are not. Newer drives
should work fine.
If the disc was written using a packet writing application like DirectCD
(where you format a disc and then copy files directly to it, instead of
creating a disc layout and recording a whole bunch of stuff all at once),
some CD-ROM drives will stumble on packet boundaries. Refer to section
(4-21) for information and a possible workaround.
If a packet-written disc was closed in ISO-9660 Level 3 format, it won't be
usable on systems that don't support ISO-9660 level 3 (e.g. DOS). If the
disc was *not* closed as ISO-9660, and is still in UDF, you will need a UDF
driver; see sections (6-3) and (6-3-1) for an overview and pointers to free
drivers. If the failing system is running Windows XP, see
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q321640& for an
article on using UDF discs under XP.