Warner Losh wrote:
From: "James Petts" <jpetts@operamail.com>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Recovering flaky CDs
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 08:25:00 -0800

----- Original Message -----
From: asbesto <asbesto@freaknet.org>
To: "Al Kossow" <aek@bitsavers.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Recovering flaky CDs
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:22:33 +0100

Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 04:26:14PM -0700, Al Kossow wrote:

Is there anybody on this list who knows a way of recovering flaky CDs?
Easiest first step is try using different kinds of CD/CD-R/DVD-R drives.
I have found some 'unreadable' CDs could be read using a DVD drive.
I remember a very old SONY cd-rom reader capable of reading very
damaged cd! It was the SONY CDU-33A, it has his
own controller, so was not an IDE or SCSI drive. But it can be
connected to an old soundcard like Spectrum or other similars,
having some cdrom interfaces.

sorry for my  bad english :)

Those CD Doctor "cleaners" (they actually do a minor
resurfacing of the disc) have rescued several discs
for me.

I've used cdparanoia to recover badly damaged audio disks.  Are there
not similar programs for data disks?


Dont know how true it is but the local paper here was running a story about some students using goverment condoms to fix scratched cd's. They worked for 3 uses. Never tried it as most of the stuff i have on cd i can get again.


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