Software to visualize CD bad sector layout.

Posted on 2006-07-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a pile of data cds with severe scratches on both surfaces.  I have done a real good job at removing the scratches on the laser side of the disk.  I am using ISO buster to recreate an inage of the disk.  It has the ability to reread bad sectors.  This has come in handy.  I have cleaned the disk reread and retrieved more data on each pass.

So here is the issue.  I know that data stored in areas with label side scratches is not retrievable. So i was looking for a way to visualize the bad sectors list that isobuster produces in order to determin if further repairs would help or if the remaining bad sectors lie at label side damage.
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I don't know of any such software available on the free market. It probably isn't possible to make such a software, but rather you'd most likely need a good microscope or something which examins the surface via optical only means for scratches.

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Thanks for the input.  But an optical microsocpe is not the answer I am looking for.
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I know, but it just can't be done by software.
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Rindi, I reviewed your bio.  There is nothing listed that suggests your answer is qualified.  The cd is layed out in a specific pattern of sectorization.  If it were a square grid I couse use excel and some simple math.  but it isn't.  So it is possible you are just not aware of any software on the market.

Again thanks for your answer.  IF you have a explainable reason why it is absolutely not possible thrn I would like to hear it.

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If there is someone out there that has a qualified answer, I am still interested in finding one.  I do not consider the question abandoned.  It simply is not yet answered.

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This Q is too old to attract any attention from others. Either close this one or open a new pointer Q.
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Have you opened a pointer Q?

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