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recover files from a DVD

by iubjaved / July 27, 2013 5:38 PM PDT

Hi, I have a DVD which is almost unreadable and whenever i insert it to my drive and copy, it takes long enough and at halfway it just comes with an error. Is there any way i can recover or copy those dad from that DVD ?

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Are you sure its the DVD?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 5:47 PM PDT

Have you tried this DVD on a different machine? That would be my first test.

It may be your CD/DVD drive is faulty or some problem with the OS.


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It's the DVD
by iubjaved / July 27, 2013 5:54 PM PDT

I have tried it on another pc but same error occurred. And nope i recently purchased this laptop so this DVD drive is new.

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In that case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 6:03 PM PDT
In reply to: It's the DVD

what about Isobuster from

"A powerful file and data recovery tool that can help you retrieve your priceless data and give you some peace of mind next time you make an important backup ".

I have not used it myself so I can't say how well it performs, but I have seen it mentioned in these forums before.


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by iubjaved / July 27, 2013 6:30 PM PDT
In reply to: In that case

Then i have these two data recovery software stellar phoenix and r-studio . I tried to recover data via stellar and it seemed to take longer without progress so i had to cancel . I am just looking for a specific/right tool for this kind of problem. Appreciate your help though.

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I suspect that
by lacsr / July 27, 2013 9:51 PM PDT
In reply to: well

you did not actually try Just looked at the page. Isobuster is long hyped as the best for file recovery for DVD's that failed to read. Start it and leave it overnight to do its thing.

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Partially recovered
by iubjaved / August 1, 2013 4:13 PM PDT
In reply to: I suspect that

It took more than a day to recover some files except for a 2gb file. I gave it couple hour but didnt showed any progress on the bar so i cancelled.

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Takes time
by Willy / July 27, 2013 10:56 PM PDT
In reply to: well

Quite often the recovery s/w needs plenty of time to process even with minor recovery. Give it an overnight treatment(or longer), start before bedtime and even on next morning monitor status. If it has proceeded beyond some stage its working just slow allow it to work. Since this is DVD disc, clean as best as possible then allow process to start. If there is actual surface damage, it may not be be able to recover at that location of data, but if it actually is processing, it will just take longer and finally finish with what it has. It may have error with the data but the file itself is recovered(depends). In other words you're getting something but not a total pristine file again. The status report should explain what it had done.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Some files recovered
by iubjaved / August 1, 2013 4:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Takes time

Yup its probably surface damage . Partially recovered the dvd. Thanks for your input

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