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Is it possible to retrieve a file from an CD-RW disk with errors?

Like in the title. The CD-RW disk seems to be damaged and a valuable file is there. Can I try to read this one file? There are a lot others files on the disk (there was, at least).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can try seeing if ISO Buster can help - http://www.isobuster.com/
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Purple_TidderCommented:
ISO Buster is your best bet.  It won't time out with read errors like windows does, it will just keep chuggin' away.  Works great.  Hopefully it helps you.
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LRI41Commented:
If ISO Buster does not work , here are some others
to look at:

     CDCheck

CDCheck is utility for prevention, detection and recovery of damaged files with emphasis on error detection. It supports CRC files and binary compare. CDCheck can be used on all files visible by the operating system. This means all files that you can see in Windows Explorer (CDs, DVDs, disk drives, floppy disks, ZIP drives...).


     http://www.elpros.si/CDCheck/news.php

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Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier

"This program is great for recovering files from scratched CDs or defective floppy/hard disks. Normally when your computer is unable to copy a file from a damaged disk it will abort and delete the portion of the file it has copied. This program however will continue to copy the file right to the end. Any data that is not recoverable after many retries is replaced with blanks. This will allow you to truly recover every byte of information that is available for recovery.

It's at
http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~roadkil/

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How To Recover Data from corrupted cds

Most dvd/video rental shops have professional 8 stage cutting machines that will remove all scratches that dont go through the disk.
My local guy charges $2 for the service.(not bad considering it takes about 20 mins)
It has worked for me on clients DVD's & CD's 100% of the time, unless like i say there is a hole.
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WatzmanCommented:

The other suggestion is simply to try reading the CD on as many different drives as possible.  There is a lot of variation in CD drives, and you may find a drive that can read it when other drives cannot.
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nobusCommented:
and Bad Copy Pro is nice too :

http://www.cddataguys.com/BadCopyPro.htm      
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Purple_TidderCommented:
Good call watzman.
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shrlduAuthor Commented:
ISO Buster worked very long but it was able to list the most important  files. Really great program, but I am not able to retrieve these files because they are UDF files (Direct CD or InCD) and I would have to  register ISO Buster, so buy it, to have this functionality. Is there a free option? CDCheck or BadCopy?
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WatzmanCommented:

There is a moral here, which I've been preaching far and wide:  Do not EVER use UDF (aka "packet writing").  In fact, I recommend that the packet writing software not even be installed (both Roxio and Nero install it by default, but the option to "uncheck it" and not install it is present).

There's another moral that I've preached far and wide also: Do not use any form of rewriteable media (CD or DVD) for anything that you want to keep for more than a few days.  The data "fades" and is not stable over long periods of time ("long" varies from a few weeks to, sometimes, a couple of years).

However, in your case, you have an "out", at least for most of your data, you just don't like the price.  That's unfortunate, but we often are working with people who are seeking hard drive data recovery and are looking at $600 to $2,000 or more to recover their data.  I presume that the paid version of ISO buster is an order of magnitude less than that.  How much is the data worth?  Comment:  Don't think about it too long.  It's CD-RW media.  The data is fading even as we speak.  Things that are recoverable now might not be recoverable in 2 weeks.
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shrlduAuthor Commented:
I'm going to buy ISO Buster. The last question - is it certain that all files listed after the process are retrievable in 100%? These are binaries and it would have no sense in other situation.
Thank you for all answers, I think I should give the points to the first expert who pointed to ISO Buster.
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Purple_TidderCommented:
No.  ISO Buster will try and do the best it can at pulling complete files, but corruption can and does happen.  ISO Buster is the best, but if the data is not there for it to see, then of course it's not going to recover it.  I would say about 96% of all files it recovers would be readable.
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shrlduAuthor Commented:
You mean I can retrieve the heap of binary files and do not know if they are corrupted or not? Strange, recovery program should know where it failed, doesn't it? Anyway it lists files which it wasn't able to recover... And the rest of them are not evident? If the date is not there, it should tell me, or not?
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Purple_TidderCommented:
Thanks for the points!  Hope you got your binaries recovered, and in one piece.
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