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Can't read old CD backups

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I have some CD's of data backups I made from 1-2003 to the end of 2004.  My current CD-RW can read some of the files on a few CD's, but most of them it can't.  This includes one cd that lists all the files on it but none of the word documents can be read.  I tied GETDATABACK for fat on this but it found errors on the disk and showed no files.  And all the saves on UDF formatted disks I can't access.  I  used CD scratch repair on the disks but still no luck.
Anyone have a suggestion for accessing this data?
Thanks,
Al
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by:abarneslouortho
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what program did you use to make the backups?
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http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/cd-recovery.html     CDCheck - Free CD and DVD file recovery and error checking software
http://www.jufsoft.com/badcopy/udf_recovery.asp     BadCopy Pro - CD Recovery Software
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.htm     Download IsoBuster: CD and DVD Data Recovery software (Salvage CD and DVD)
http://www.cdroller.com/                CDRoller - Toolset for CD and DVD Data Recovery
http://diskinternals.com/cd-dvd-recovery/     CD Recovery and DVD Recovery with DiskInternals software
"The program recovers any type of files - data, pictures, video, music - and processes ISO 9660, Joliet and UDF file systems. The program uses a smart file recovery algorithm that skips bad sectors. "
Google for: CD Recovery
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by:Erik Bjers
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I would clean the CD drive and the CD's.
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by:nobus
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first, to read the udf files, you need the same application, like Nero.
if you still cannot read them, try to read them with different (older) cd drives; this usually helps.
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by:alanlsilverman
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This job is one unending badnews-goodnews joke.   CallRS thank you.  Diskinternals worked wonderfully.  I now have all my old Word files.  But when I open them all I see is rows and rows of square boxes - no words.  Does this mean I have to reinstall Office 97 with the old version of word?
Thanks,
Al
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by:tmj883
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UDF readers.
http://www.download.com/Adaptec-UDF-Reader-Driver/3000-2100_4-9497911.html
The above for DirectCD(Adaptec), the below for InCD(Ahead Nero)
http://ww2.nero.com/nero6/en/InCD_4_Reader.html
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by:callrs
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Which version of Word are the files from? Which version are you loading them into?
You shouldn't have to install Word to just view them, so try that first with a Word Viewer:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=95E24C87-8732-48D5-8689-AB826E7B8FDF&displaylang=en     Download details: Word Viewer 2003
"View, print and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word 97 Viewer and all previous Word Viewer versions."
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q165908/     Description of the Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000
"Before December 15, 2004, there were two versions of Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 available for download: a 16-bit Windows version and a 32-bit Windows version. Both of these downloads are replaced by a newer version of the Microsoft Word Viewer"
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Re DiskInternals: "The trial version of software is capable of recovering files up to 64 KBytes. "
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by:abarneslouortho
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yes, i would say that you either are still using a trial software as callrs is implying, or the recovery didnt actually go as smooth as you thought.  ideas:

1.  try the word viewer

2.  get a different data recovery program and get the FULL version of it, most trialware will not actually recover data, but tell you it can... imagine that
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by:alanlsilverman
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1. Word viewer didn't work.  Still only boxes.

2. The files are under 65K.  

3.  When I look at properties on my G drive it has USE WITH DLA checked and also shows one of the disks as filesystem RAW.  But not all of the disks are UDF.  I have Nero 7 Ultra but I'm not sure which function to use to read one of the UDF disks.  

So on to plan B.
Thanks,
Al
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by:callrs
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CDCheck is free. Link above.
Other options: Try to extract just the text from the document, using a free tool such as http://www.topshareware.com/Word-Extractor-download-15937.htm (search Google for more).
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by:nobus
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if you're seeing only boxes, and files are under 65 k; i would think you did not recover the complete files, but only parts of it. You can try other recovery programs - the best is the one that does the job -
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by:alanlsilverman
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I did try cdcheck too and got the same.  I'll keep on trying.
Thanks,
Al
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by:Debugyeh
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try burning iso's of the disk and opening them with Daemon tools
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by:alanlsilverman
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Still working on it but I'm sure I'll get it.  I'm going to close this now.  Thanks to everyone for all your help.
Al  
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