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Hi all,

 

I am trying to recover a Rewritable DVD made with Roxio Drag to Disc.

 

The problem is Windows is saying "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

 

This problem has started after doing a system restore to Dell factory settings.

(complete system restore)

 

I was not able to close the disc due to some malware my wife had accidentally downloaded

which was why I did the system restore.

 

After the restore, A NEW disc is operating as it should but I can't access the original disc that was started before

the system restore.

 

Anyhoo, The system is...

 

Dell inspiron 530

3gb memory

TSST Corp DVD+-RW drive (TS-H653B)

500GB hard drive

Windows XP home (with all updates)

 

This disc has ALOT of family pictures on it and I have to figure out a way to get them back.

 

ANY help is much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

RoD

 

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You could try one of these two programs (the trial versions are free but won't let you actually recover the files) and see if they can see the missing files

 

http://www.isobuster.com/

http://www.cdroller.com

 

Unfortunately, you have discovered why most of us here advise strongly against D2D for archiving anything

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In addition to what Daithi said, use Creator Classic for archiving, which is one of the programs in the suite.

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And if the idea is to KEEP it, rather than just transfer to another compter while the original is safely on the originating computer, in addition to avoiding Packet-Writing (Drag2Disc, Nero's InCD, Sonic's DLA, etc), avoid RW media.

 

RW media is great for testing things - if it doesn't work, erase and try again. If it works, transfer to R media. Some will fill a RW disc, and then transfer it to R media. Most of the time, that 'll work.

 

Lynn

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Still pulling my hair out. (what's left)

I've tried both RCroller and ISObuster and they both seem to stall out at about 77% done.

 

I hate to do it, but if I have to, I will send this disc off to someone to try and recover the pictures.

My wife is really PO'ed that so many of the grandkids pictures have gone poof!

 

I intended to make a backup of the disc when it was full but never got to that point.

 

I have a new DVD writer that I'm going to install and see if it will read it.

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks,

RoD

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This is why not to use Packet-Writing like Drag2Disc, Nero's InCD, Sonic's DLA, etc.

 

Use a Sessions-based program such as Classic Creator, or the WinXp buring ability.

 

It is possible to leave a disc open and add additional sessions.

 

However, what it comes down to is, CD blanks are around 20 cents by the spindle. Is your data worth more than 20 cents?

 

Lynn

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This is why not to use Packet-Writing like Drag2Disc, Nero's InCD, Sonic's DLA, etc.

 

Use a Sessions-based program such as Classic Creator, or the WinXp buring ability.

 

It is possible to leave a disc open and add additional sessions.

 

However, what it comes down to is, CD blanks are around 20 cents by the spindle. Is your data worth more than 20 cents?

 

Lynn

Lyn,

 

You've already given RoD the lecture earlier in this thread. I don't think you're helping him now by rubbing his nose in it. Youi've made your point a couple of thousand times, now let it be.

 

Don't be a ptarmigan!

 

Brendon

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Lyn,

 

You've already given RoD the lecture earlier in this thread. I don't think you're helping him now by rubbing his nose in it. Youi've made your point a couple of thousand times, now let it be.

 

Don't be a ptarmigan!

 

Brendon

There is different information in the two posts. Have you checked your trifocals?

 

Lynn

 

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I appreciate ALL the help! Alot of these pictures are not backed up on other media, but some are. (thank goodness) But I have learned a valuable lesson about D2D and such.

 

Does anyone have any experiance with reliable data recovery companies?

 

Thanks,

RoD

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Does anyone have any experiance with reliable data recovery companies?

Thanks,

RoD

First, check with the camera manufacturer if you have the original memory stick in the camera. It's possible that the pictures can be recovered from the memory stick and they will know which recovery program works best with the type of memory stick in the camera.

 

The same program that recovers pictures from memory sticks can usually be used to recover information from hard drives and cds. So you won't have to buy a second program.

 

The unknown is whether the CD itself has been damaged. CDs aren't as reliable as we've been led to believe.

 

Also, to put your wife's mind at ease in the future. Find an online company where you can store those pictures. Roxio has a service, but there are others that have similar services. I've scanned in ( with my scanner/printer ) a representative sample of pictures throughout the years and stored them online as well as put them on a separate external drive that I can grab and take in case of a natural diaster. Of course, you have to check on the online companies occasionally to make certain that the companies don't 'disappear' or change their policies, but it's much better than trying to explain to a spouse why you don't have the pictures anymore.

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The other software mentioned are good choices but from personal experience I'll recommend Sandisk Rescuepro, though it'll cost you (around $40).

 

I've used it to help out other photographers whose cards were horribly corrupted. My success rate to date is near 98% (so far...but...past performance is no guarantee of future success).

Luckily I've not needed it for myself but it will work on all removable media and that should include cd's and dvd's.

 

Have a look at the website and judge for yourself it it's worth it.

 

http://www.sandisk.com/products/catalog(1186)-rescuepro.aspx

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I appreciate ALL the help! Alot of these pictures are not backed up on other media, but some are. (thank goodness) But I have learned a valuable lesson about D2D and such.

 

Does anyone have any experiance with reliable data recovery companies?

 

Thanks,

RoD

Fortunately (for me) I've never had to use a data recovery company. But, I'll offer one more tool for trying to recover your data here. They also have a free evaluation copy to try it out.

 

You mentioned that you have a new drive? Indeed, putting that into your system, and rerunning any or all of these applications may give you different (better or worse) results than you're seeing now.

 

If I might offer yet another future option, get an external USB/Firewire drive to store your pictures on, as well as backing up to optical (CD-R or DVD +/- R) media. It's also been observed that an actual print of the photos, in addition to being a long-term storage media (if properly stored) is a great way to share them when friends/family come over.

 

Good luck.

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Well, No success as of yet. My extra DVD burner was a bust since it was given to me and ended up being just a DVD reader that someone had carefully put back in the box and sealed:-P\

 

Oh well, I will buy one this coming payday and try it. I want a second burner anyway.

 

I did back up my available data to Dell's online datasafe. So at least that part should be good to go.

 

I have not given up hope yet, but it's dimming.

 

Thanks to all for the help,

 

RoD

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Well, I've tried all the options I can think of.

Updating all the drivers/software/bios ect....

 

Same results. :-(

 

Hope is all but gone. (and hair) :-)

 

Any other suggestions?

 

When I do a scan of the disc with CDroller, It stalls out at 77-78% done and never finishes. I even let it run overnight one time with the same results.

 

I tried the disc/software in another computer as well, and still no luck.

 

 

Thanks,

RoD

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Well, I've tried all the options I can think of.

Updating all the drivers/software/bios ect....

 

Same results. :-(

 

Hope is all but gone. (and hair) :-)

 

Any other suggestions?

 

When I do a scan of the disc with CDroller, It stalls out at 77-78% done and never finishes. I even let it run overnight one time with the same results.

 

I tried the disc/software in another computer as well, and still no luck.

 

 

Thanks,

RoD

Did you also try ISO Buster? And CD/DVD Diagnostic as linked in a previous post? Try them all!

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