How To Recover Scratched CD's And DVD's


#1

Don't you feel like crying every time you add another disc to your pile of scratched discs. Trashing that disc which contained your favorite songs, pics, files, games or videos is not easy.

Read-on, if you find yourself wishing for a miracle every time your fav CD is scratched:

Home Remedy :

Here's an easy home remedy, which might give you the desired results. Rub a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch and polish the CD with a soft cloth and any petroleum-based polishing solution (like clear shoe polish). Squirt a drop of Brasso and wipe it with a clean cloth.

Technology To The Rescue :

There are many softwares available on the net, which enable the recovery of the CD data. BadCopy Pro is one such software, which can be used to recover destroyed data and files from a range of media.

Just a few clicks is all it requires to recover the disc from almost all kind of damage situation; be it corrupted, lost data, unreadable or defective.

DiskDoctors is another popular company, which offers both software and solutions to recover data from a scratched CDs and DVDs.

General Tips:

* 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.

Statistics:

* Fingermarks/prints cause 43% of disc problems!

* General wear & tear causes 25% of disc problems!

* Player-related issues cause 15% of disc problems!

* User-related issues cause 12% of disc problems!

* PlayStation 2 machine scratches cause 3% of disc problems!

* Laser rot (a manufacturer error) causes 2% of disc problems!

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#2

hmmm...

Yea I've used BadCopy Pro, its pretty good, but it depends on the type of data you are recovering-as it pads the data that it can't read, ie. as a last resort, it adds some random data at those parts of the file that it could not read...

So at the end of the day its your luck, eg. if you are recovering a movie, and the padded parts are simply those of the data, then you will have a few skipped frames...but if the padded part was some header information, then most probably the recovered movie won't work...

Btw. is it just me or are the DVDs/CDs available in the market today of a lower quality than before? because I remember in times gone by I used to treat those old Power Games, King Of Games etc. CDs like crap, they used to have tons of scratches on them but they still worked...

These days a DVD gets a few smudges and become unreadable... :|


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Btw. is it just me or are the DVDs/CDs available in the market today of a lower quality than before? because I remember in times gone by I used to treat those old Power Games, King Of Games etc. CDs like crap, they used to have tons of scratches on them but they still worked…

These days a DVD gets a few smudges and become unreadable… :expressionless:

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ya you are correct coz these days most of the computer shops are importing dvd in bulk from china which are of very low quality (they choose the low quality ones) and most of the shopkeepers are writing dvd themselves


#4

few years back pirated dvds/cds also had good casing and it looked like the original

nowadays the same can not be said


#5

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few years back pirated dvds/cds also had good casing and it looked like the original

nowadays the same can not be said

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coz they have gone cheap and those shopkeepers don’t want to go through the hassle of getting those plastic boxes so they just pack the cd/dvd in an plastic bag


#6

or you can just take the disc to rainbow and have it polished for 5 rs>takes 2 second recover the data to disc>>too keep even the cheapest dvd safe put in a case similar to the one available in the market which holds 200 or discs>>cheers


#7

Useful, however, for the toothpaste solution, I've cleaned the disc without any polish or anything... I applied some paste, then washed it. And it worked... unless it was a badly bruised disc (which I don't think I have...)


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or you can just take the disc to rainbow and have it polished for 5 rs>takes 2 second recover the data to disc>>too keep even the cheapest dvd safe put in a case similar to the one available in the market which holds 200 or discs>>cheers
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yaar i have experienced that these chinese dvdr don’t work for long after getting buffed let alone if they work, but ps2 Malaysian discs are much better


#9

Other than home remedies, don't those desi CD/DVD cleaners work all right? The one's they have in Movie rental shops. lol. They apply some white soap sort of on it and then clean it up.


#10

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Other than home remedies, don’t those desi CD/DVD cleaners work all right? The one’s they have in Movie rental shops. lol. They apply some white soap sort of on it and then clean it up.
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ya that’s called buffing it sometimes and sometimes messes up for more info see the above post :P


#11

You may use easyrecovery software for recovery. I had one software which read from bd/dvd and copy to harddisk but cant recall and it did great job. I will search and share with you peopls


#12

U can also use ISO Buster software to recover data from a scratched CD. ;)