anyone know any good free cd recovery programs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by melancholymecha, May 5, 2011.

  1. melancholymecha

    melancholymecha Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 21, 2002
    my computer got a virus a few weeks ago that wiped out my files. i had many of my files stored in dvd-r discs, but one of them just doesnt want to work/wont open/read the files...etc. I used CD Recovery Toolbox free but it didnt work, it didnt even recognize that the disc was in the player. :confused:

    are there any other free trusted recovery programs out there? maybe any that work specifically for dvd r's?
  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    You might also want to try cross-posting this in the Science & Technology Forum. That's where all the real techies hang out. :mallory:
  3. Amaris

    Amaris Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Dec 25, 2002
    I use CD Check. It has a high success rate, and I have recovered old archival CDs & DVDs from years past.
  4. Jadzia

    Jadzia on holiday Premium Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Have you tried cleaning the disc?

    The surface on writable discs is very fragile, meaning that scratches on them are much more serious than they are on bought discs. You can abuse bought discs a bit, because they'll survive things that dvd-r won't. Even a light scratch or a fingerprint can cause problems.
  5. Stephen!

    Stephen! Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 1, 2008
    ISOBuster sometimes works for this sort of thing. Or you could try the disc on another DVD drive. Some seem to be less picky and will still read DVD-R's if they start to go wrong.

    Dropbox might also be useful if you want online backup. They offer 2gb of free online storage.
  6. melancholymecha

    melancholymecha Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 21, 2002
    sorry I havent forgotten this thread, I just have been dealing w/ some health issues this weekend & couldnt really get around back here til today.

    well these recovery programs look pretty cool & I did download one of them(CD Check) but I have no idea how to use them, they seem to be for more advanced computer users. :alienblush: anyone know any easier to use programs? anyway thanks for the help.