Thursday, March 29, 2007

Recover Data from scratched CDs and DVDs!

Tips on how to recover data from scratched CDs!

Don't you feel like crying every time you add another disc to your pile of scratched discs. Trashing that disc which contained your favorite songs, pics, files, games or videos is not easy.

Read-on, if you find yourself wishing for a miracle every time your fav CD is scratched:

Home Remedy :
Rub a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch and polish the CD with a soft cloth and any petroleum-based polishing solution (like clear shoe polish). Squirt a drop of Brasso and wipe it with a clean cloth.



Technology to the rescue

There are many softwares available on the net, which enable the recovery of the CD data. BadCopy Pro is one such software, which can be used to recover destroyed data and files from a range of media.

Just a few clicks is all it requires to recover the disc from almost all kind of damage situation; be it corrupted, lost data, unreadable or defective.

DiskDoctors is another popular company, which offers both software and solutions to recover data from a scratched CDs and DVDs.



General Tips:

* Always wipe the CD from the center outward with stratight spoke-like strokes. Wiping CDs in circles will create more scratches.

* Do not scratch the graphics layer as you cannot repair the disc.
HINT: Hold the disc up to a light with the graphics layer facing the light source. If you can see light thru the scratches at any point then the disc may be irreparable and or exhibit loading or playing errors.

* Clean your Disc players lens regularly with a suitable product to ensure optimal viewing pleasure.

* Always use soft, lint-free cloth to clean both sides of the disc. Don't wipe in circles or randomly, wipe in a straight line. Start from the centre of the disc towards the outer edge.

* If wiping with a cloth does not remove a fingerprint or smudge, use DVD disc polishing spray to clean the disc.

* Handle the disc by its outer edge and the empty hole in the middle to avoid fingerprints, smudges or scratches.



Statistics:

*Fingermarks/prints cause 43% of disc (CD/DVD) problems!
* General wear & tear causes 25% of disc (CD/DVD) problems!
* Player-related issues cause 15% of disc (CD/DVD) problems!
* User-related issues cause 12% of disc (CD/DVD) problems!
* PlayStation 2 machine scratches cause 3% of disc (CD/DVD) problems!
* Laser rot (a manufacturer error) causes 2% of disc problems!

NOTE: I got this tips in an email forward today. Thought I should share.. Enjoy!!

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