CD unreadable

  sneakerman 18:07 15 Sep 2006

I have a CD which has become unreadable, I can see what files are on it but when I try to access them I get an error (Cannot copy X: Cannot read from the source file or disc)

I have tried cleaning it with toothpaste and the good news is that it hasn't got any worse - but it hasn't got any better.

I am going to try and find a local shop with some sort of skip doctor machine, or may be buy one my self but I was just thinking has anyone got any advice.

  Strawballs 18:09 15 Sep 2006

I have one of those I got from Asda and have got some quite good results, mainly abused kids playstation discs

  sneakerman 18:10 15 Sep 2006

Sorry I should have said further, when I try and copy from the disc, it goes so far and gives this error, is there anyway to 'skip' the error and continue copying, at least that way I will retrieve all that is retrievable(!!!)


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:29 15 Sep 2006

highlight all files see which is first one which will not copy, hightlight all other files and copy again, windows copies in alphabetical order.

  sneakerman 23:24 15 Sep 2006

I'm working on that but, the root of the cd has one folder which contains a lot of sub-folders most of which have subfolders and in toital there are thousands of files on the cd. I'm trying to search for * and trying your suggestion with just the files.

  De Marcus™ 23:26 15 Sep 2006

When a CD/DVD starts misbehaving like that, and you still have file structure access, try and copy one file at a time, starting with the most important one's first.

  woodchip 23:32 15 Sep 2006

You could try NERO, Just Copy Disc. I think NERO will try arder than Windows. CD's seem to fade over time I have some that have done the same thing. Not very good for long term storage

  terryf 00:00 16 Sep 2006

If you can find a PC with an older drive that will read at a lower speed, you might have sucess at reading and maybe copying data to hd then burn a new CD, I had similar probs when looking at backup CDs made on old 4x writer.

  De Marcus™ 00:05 16 Sep 2006

You should also give ISObuster a go.

  WhiteTruckMan 01:45 16 Sep 2006

Does the surface appear damaged and/or scratched?
If it does, then (and I must stress that this is strictly last resort stuff) try polishing thedisc with a cutting agent like T-Cut. Use a circular motion like you were going round in circles with an orbital sander. do it by hand for a few days if necessary. but try everything else first.


  woodchip 08:41 16 Sep 2006

They just fade, that's what mine did. Best way is to keep them cool and out of sunlight. In a dark place, did a lot of reading up on CD discs they all vary make type etc on how long they last.

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