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How can I access files from a corrupted CD-RW?


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#1 Bob Saget

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:16 PM

- The CD worked under Vista immediately after burning it.
- After installing Windows 7, it no longer works.
- Does not work on friends' computers who have XP and Vista.
- It recognizes that there is a CD present, but cannot read the files.
- I tried to copy the disc as an nrg file through Nero, which is the program I used to burn it.
- I mounted the nrg through an ISO program. I finally could see the list of files, but again got "DISC IS CORRUPTED AND UNREADABLE"

I have tried Power CD/DVD Recovery. I'm getting pretty desperate here, as I really need the files present on the CD-RW. What can I do here?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:44 PM

Have you tried cleaning the disk for finger prints?
There is a certain way to clean disks to prevent scratches from damaging the data, always wipe from the center of the disk out-ward, not in a circular motion.

Mild dish soap and water is fine to remove oils, dry the disk off with a non abrasive cloth and wipe out-wards from the hole all round the disk till it is dry.

If the disk contains noticeable scratches, there is a method of using smokers toothpaste mixed with water and carefully wiping out-wards towards the outer disk edge only where the scratch is, try not to wander from the scratch area, because you can create new damage to an unaffected area of the disk. Wash off all excess toothpaste and let the disk dry.

If you've ever made the mistake of writting on the disk with a ball point pen, you may have damaged the disk beyond repair, the printed side of the disk is closest to the data than the clear side.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Edited by MrBruce1959, 07 July 2010 - 10:45 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:45 PM

I need someone with a lot more knowledge than me to verify this Bob, but I got an opportunity to get the "professional" version of Easeus Partition Manager for free. I had a HDD that was completely unreadable (it was my C: drive) and using the recovery feature I have been able to pull data off it. I haven't recovered it all because to be honest, I'm haven't learned how to use it, and the rest of the data I haven't recovered I haven't tried. I got accepted in the malware training program here and just haven't had the time to play with it with all the other stuff I have had to do to try to keep up with my training.

I know it sounds like a partitioning program, but the recovery feature is awesome. I don't know if it works with a CD-RW but something in the back of my mind says it does. I don't know if the free version will have that feature. These are the reasons I say I need someone a lot more competent than me to verify or debunk what I said, but you may want to look in to it.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 06:09 AM

From my work in another forum where I was an expert in dvd burning, one of my peers always swore by this program.

http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

My own personal experience was to rely on free programs and good slow reading drives and avoid any RW disks.

Try the demo/free version, just install and see if it will work.

Edited by DaChew, 08 July 2010 - 06:16 AM.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:11 PM

From my work in another forum where I was an expert in dvd burning, one of my peers always swore by this program.

http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

My own personal experience was to rely on free programs and good slow reading drives and avoid any RW disks.

Try the demo/free version, just install and see if it will work.


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