How do I recover files rewritten on a cd-rw

Posted on 2006-04-29
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi, I had some files written on a CD-RW now they have disappeared.  Someone else needed the disk and I think they have deleted the files.  Now the disks are blank.

Is there a freeware app to recover them, I have Win XP

Question by:jdbowden
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    Most likely that you can't recover anything from the disk.

    There are few possibilities:

    1) Your cd can't read the disk anymore (it doesn't see the session) so try reading it on another drive and on another computer (just to be sure)

    2) The "fat" of the cd is damaged so you don't see the files. Try using Nero or something like that in order to open, read or see the sessions (If its even possible considering the situation)

    3) Someone did a quick format on the disk and didn't write anything on it - In that case you can try some of the softwares that restores data from HDs after the data was deleted from it (I recovered deleted files from a DigiCam using that way, but with CD it might be different also because the process is format of the "fat")

    4) Someone did a quick format and also wrote files on the disk --> Data has been damaged and no way you will be able to restore it

    5) The disk wasn't full, and someone decided to burn soemthing on it without using "Continue open session". In that case he created a new session so you don't see the old contect... Try viewing the sessions with Nero.

    I must say that the chances of recovering the files is very small, Something around "Epsilon" if you know what that means in math...
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    First Try IsoBuster(Made Specifically To Recover Data From CDs) and see if you can extract the content:

    Then You Can Try These Other Methods
    PC Inspector
    Active Undelete
    Flash Recovery
    TestDisk & utilities

    Recovery My Files
    Restorer 2000
    Easy Recovery
    Zero Assumption

    Author Comment

    ok Thanks I will try some of the suggested methods and tell you what happens.


    Author Comment

    Sorry I didn't replay earlier I have university exams on at this moment.
    I didn't get any luck unfortunately.

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