Who can repair a CRACKED dvd? please?

By reinameriga ·
I am in tears. I made a DVD of a friend's wedding. (I have not finalized the DVD yet.)

Shortly after, our young pastor died suddenly, and now everyone wants my DV the bride, the pastor's family. You can imagine. My DVD has the last footage of him alive.

Dumb me, I didn't put the DVD back in its case after recording the wedding. I just took it out to finalize it and copy it for the mourning loved ones who are looking forward to viewing it.

It has a crack. A long one, from center out. On the read side. And after long internet searching on this subject, I do not yet see any hope for repair.

While we would give so much to have this memory of our pastor. Have you heard of anyone who can work magic in recovery/repair, beyond scratches?

I know there is a solution out there.
Thank you for reading this plea.
and God Bless..

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Who can repair a CRACKED ...

Try ISOBuster, there is a testimonial about a cracked CD that it was able to recover. But if that doesn't work, maybe OnTrack would be able to recover some of the data.

Becareful, the DVD may shatter in the reader causing harm to your computer and you!

Good luck in recovering your precious memories!

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As stated above On Track can defiantly recover this

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Who can repair a CRACKED ...

But it's going to cost you.

ISO Buster may prove useful particularly if you have a Slow DVD Reader. But you need to be very careful I have seen the results of 1 CD Shattering while being burnt it wasn't pretty.



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by willcomp In reply to Who can repair a CRACKED ...

As OH Smeg stated, your best bet is a slow DVD burner. The higher the drive speed, the higher the rotational speed and potential for disk damage. Slower burners usually are better at reading scratched or damaged disks.

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Use an adhesive lable and use the lowest copy speed on your drive

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Some Additional Comments

A piece of Scotch Tape over the crack would also not be remiss before applying the label. Note: do not try to read the disk; just make a copy at the lowest possible speed. Also make sure the two edges of the crack are perfectly aligned before doing anything and try to ensure that they stay that way. Schit happens but this has been known to work; more often than you would normally expect.

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Wow. Didn't think you could...

by TriDom In reply to Who can repair a CRACKED ...

I automatically thought you couldn't recover data from a cracked disc.

Would carefully putting a little super glue or other adhesive into the crack from the other (non-read) side help alleviate the shatter chances?

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Maybe, but

by cmiller5400 In reply to Wow. Didn't think you co ...

Maybe but superglue can "melt" some plastics and change their translucency thus destroying more data in the process... Best bet is going to be sending it to OnTrack for recovery.

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a long shot - duplicate the dvd

by sgt_shultz In reply to Maybe, but

i have had luck making good copies of very scratched cd's that could not be read normally. (can be copied but can't be read - i think it has to do with error correction during the copy process). i dunno about dvd's but you could try. i would post this on a dvd burner website like plextor. maybe others can help with specific utiltiy recommendations. sounds like a job for a linux utility...i wouldn't use superglue. maybe a wax or a clear cover over the whole thing...

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Maybe one of those Adshesive CD Lables would be a better option

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to a long shot - duplicate t ...

But I do agree Supa Glue or any other isn't an ideal solution and at best a Last Resort when all else fails.

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Yeah- I didn't think....

by TriDom In reply to Maybe one of those Adshes ...

....about the super glue possibly melting it. Plus it would be tedious trying to get it in the crack without affecting the read side of the disk (I actually tried it to see LOL).

I think the adhesive label would be the best idea- just so you can manage to copy it to your hard drive or another DVD.

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Even still you would want to use Slow Read Speeds

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Yeah- I didn't think....

To read the DVD.

I saw the results of a CD failing once in a 42 X Drive. It wasn't pretty but luckily no one was hurt as the computer was under a desk and off to one side so the bits that where ejected through the front cover embedded themselves in a Plaster Board Wall.

The company owner also wanted the CD Burner replaced Under Guarantee as the unit was only 2 days old. Pity that I did warn him against using cheap No Name CD Blanks but I do believe that the hassled the place that he got the Blanks from into paying for the cost of Repairs.


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