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Can a broken CD be repaired????

By salvi ·
Hi, I have a CD that has really needed information, but unfortunately it is broken. The CD has a clean break from the center to the edge. Is there a way to repair or recoupe some or all of the information that is on the disk? I don't have a backup copy

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Can a broken CD be repair ...

i have never heard of doing a repair on a broken cd. i assume you have put the thing in and it can't be read. i wonder if you could put clear tape over the whole thing.
you could try using a cd copy program. it might try the hardest to copy past errors...just 2 cents

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by salvi In reply to

I placed tape ontop where it broke, but the CD could not read it. I don't know if a copy program will work since Windows cannot even recognize the CD.

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by ICB's corner In reply to Can a broken CD be repair ...

You can use IsoBuster to rescue a part of your data from CD.

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by uu22_1978 In reply to Can a broken CD be repair ...

I guess no. But try to fix the broken CD and insert into your CDROM drive and wait till the whole CD will crash into your drive leaving debris in it. Better not to try at all.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Can a broken CD be repair ...

Depends on the CD in question.

If it is a pressed CD then you may be able to recover some data though I would only ever consider using it in a Low Speed CD Player as there is the possibility of the thing breaking and shattering the CD Player. I saw that once with a High Speed Burner and Cheap Media it literally exploded cutting to shreds the user and destroying the wall behind them as well as the Burner.

DVD X Copy has a utility that can recover data of a badly damaged CD/DVD though in a case like this I'm not sure how well it would work but if you could be sure of only running it at 1 X then you just might have a chance of recovering some data off the Disc, any faster will be very dangerous.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

If you do try this make sure that the CD Drawer is pointing way from you just in case it breaks. If that was to happen everything that hits you will be plastic that will not show up in an X Ray so the doctors will have to dig around looking for the plastic which is both time consuming, expensive and painful.

The guy that got hit by the exploding Cd spent 5 weeks in hospital initially and then several more trips back to Surgery to extract more of the plastic as infection set in. He was also poisoned by the Dye in the CD and that caused a lot of problems for the Medical Staff.

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