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any freeware progs that can recover data from scratched DVD?

by riles246 / October 15, 2007 6:06 AM PDT

Hi everyone. I have about 60 DVD's, each with 5 or 6 divx movies on them. In order to store everything more efficiently, I bought one of those cases that holds 100 dvds and lets you select the disc with a little lever.

Well, its two years later now, and almost every disc is damaged where the case holds on to the DVD. If you look at the disc, it only cuts into the label in an area of about .25 inches towards the center, and about the same lengthwise.

So, what this means to me is that the majority of the data should be easily readable. But, Windows won't let me even try, since I have a feeling the table of contents is destroyed.

If I can recover 5 out of 6 movies on each disc, I will be much happier than losing everything. I figure only the movie contained furthest from the center of the disc will be lost.

Anybody know of a freeware program to get some of my movies? I'm on Windows XP SP2.

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One of the key components for recovery is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 7:17 AM PDT

A brand new drive. It's a big part in the recovery process since I find even an one year drive to not read as well as my new drive.

Also, FIRMWARE can sometimes help.


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I wish it were that easy!
by riles246 / October 15, 2007 12:48 PM PDT

Thanks for the tips guys, but the problem is not due to surface scratches. The label (and the metal layer containing the data) is damaged in a small spot near the edge. All the polishing in the world won't get it back. I'm only interesting in extracting the other 98% of undamaged data and seeing if I can get a few complete movies off of the disc.

I just have a feeling that the table of contents of the disc is messed up, which is preventing windows from presenting the file structure.

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Try Linux.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 1:13 PM PDT

It might be more forgiving but data recovery is just research at google and I've learned my lesson about the drives...


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