Burning data to optical discs, for instance a CD, is the most popular method of backing up data, due to its low cost and easy portability. If you do use them regularly they tend to become scratches and it happens that sectors on the disk fail and can’t be read anymore.
IsoPuzzle will help you just incase the computer refuses to read the documents, pictures or films on the CD or DVD. The tool takes a snapshot of all the data which it can still retrieve, and writes it to a new ISO file. Burn this image onto a blank CD, and the data can be read again.
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The Unstoppable Copier another tool is somewhat faster, but its downside is that it is not very thorough It can even copy files from a scratched CD if Windows deletes or aborts the process. Moreover, the interface is intuitive. Select the drive as the source, click on the target folder, then ‘Copy’ and keep your fingers crossed, so that the software retrieves all your data.
CD Recovery Toolbox - CD Recovery Toolbox was developed for recovering damaged files from different disk types: CD, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. Use it to restore and recover information lost as a consequence of some mechanical damage of the disk such as surface scratches, chips, different spots on the surface or as a result of incorrect recording on the boot sector. Thus, the program can recover data from CD and DVD that was considered lost or unreadable by the DVD drive. This is another good damaged DVD data recovery tool
CD Check - Yet another DVD data recovery, CDCheck is a utility for the prevention, detection and recovery of damaged files on CD-ROMs with an emphasis on error detection. With CDCheck you can check your CDs and discover which files are corrupted that might affect the readability of the disk. Prevention is better than cure.
Recover Disc is an easy-to-use program(Commercial Software) that helps you extract data from scratched, damaged, defective or incorrectly burned CD and DVD discs when regular software can't read them fully or partially. This tool extracts the intact portion of your data and tries to recover problem areas. You can either choose to recover selected files, or save an image of the whole disc.
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IsoBuster is another commercial software highly specialized and easy to use CD, DVD and blu-ray (BD, HD DVD) data recovery tool.It supports all CD / DVD / BD / HD DVD formats and all common file-systems . Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD or DVD disc, save important documents, precious pictures, video from the family.
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Power CD DVD Recovery is an easy-to-use, windows based application designed specifically to recover lost and deleted files from damaged, scratched or defective CD and DVD discs. This program can recover files recorded by common CD/DVD writing software. It supports data recovery from all CD and DVD disc types (CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW), and from quick formatted RW discs. It also supports disc recorded with UDF packet writing software: DirectCD, InCD, packetCD. The recovery wizard allows you to easily scan and recover files
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* Always wipe the CD from the center outward with stratight spoke-like strokes. Wiping CDs in circles will create more scratches.
* Do not scratch the graphics layer as you cannot repair the disc.
HINT: Hold the disc up to a light with the graphics layer facing the light source. If you can see light thru the scratches at any point then the disc may be irreparable and or exhibit loading or playing errors.
* Clean your Disc players lens regularly with a suitable product to ensure optimal viewing pleasure.
* Make sure to use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean both sides of the disc. Wipe in a straight line from the centre of the disc to the outer edge.
* If wiping with a cloth does not remove a fingerprint or smudge, use a specialized DVD disc polishing spray to clean the disc.
* Only handle the disc by its outer edge and the empty hole in the middle. This will help prevent fingerprints, smudges or scratches