Damn scratch! You have damaged this DVD and I can no longer access its contents. Ugh. How can I recover damaged data? I presume this is what you said before you found yourself on the Internet looking for some valid system to try to access the contents of that disk that causes wear and accidental damage does not want to know anything more than to boot on your computer. How do you say? Have I seen it along? Well, I had no doubts. Fortunately for you, however, you have landed on the right guide at the right time.
With this tutorial of mine today I want to illustrate you how to open damaged CDs. Happy? I anticipate immediately that to succeed in the enterprise you will have to resort to the use of some special computer programs, available for both Windows and Mac, very simple to use and able to solve even the most desperate situations in the best possible way. But let's be clear about one point right away: unfortunately the disk by now damaged will not work again but thanks to the use of these tools you will be able to recover its contents and possibly burn a new CD / DVD. Not bad, right?
Then? May I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty computer and immediately start concentrating on reading this tutorial all focused on the subject. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that, in case of need, your friends will not hesitate to ask you useful tips on what to do, I am ready to bet on it. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you a big good luck for everything.
Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery (Windows/Mac)
The first "remedy" for opening damaged CDs that I want to invite you to consider is Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery. It is a resource available for both Windows and Mac that can recover lost files from partitions, hard drives, CDs / DVDs and various other storage media. In the specific case of diskettes, it allows you to intervene on bad tracks and sectors without compromising data integrity or causing further damage to the media.
It is paid but can be downloaded as a free trial version (the one I used to write this step, which works without limitations but which requires a license key to proceed with the recovery of the files). In reality there is also a totally freeware variant but it lacks some features, as in the case of the one in question.
You ask me how to use it? I'll point it out to you immediately. First, go to the program download page and click on the button Free Download. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on Si. So press the button forward five consecutive times, then on Install and to conclude press on end and Si.
If what you are using is a Mac, connect to this other page and press the button Free Download that you find attached to it. When the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any macOS location, open the .dmg file that was inside it and drag the program icon into the folder Applications then go to the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on the program icon and select apri for two consecutive times in order to start the app, however, going around Apple's restrictions on unauthorized developers.
Now, regardless of the operating system used, insert the disk you intend to act on in the computer and, from the program window, deselect the items saved on the damaged CD that you do not want to restore and click on the button Next / Next placed at the bottom right. Then select the CD / DVD to be analyzed by ticking the relevant box next to the section Connected drives / Select location and then presses the button Scan.
Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery will therefore analyze the selected CD / DVD and when the scanning procedure is completed it will show you a quick summary of the amount of data identified and recoverable (close the relevant window by clicking on the OK) then you can select the items to save via the section at the bottom right of the window and you can proceed with the recovery by pressing the button Recover, buying the product key of the program, entering it in the appropriate field and then waiting for the whole procedure to be completed.
CD Recovery Toolbox (Windows)
If you are looking for an alternative resource to the one above that is totally free but equally effective then I can not help but suggest you immediately put to the test CD Recovery Toolbox. It is a specific software for Windows operating systems thanks to which it is possible to open damaged CDs but also DVDs, HD DVDs and Blu-Ray.
It is able to recover files that are no longer accessible both due to physical damage to the media (such as scratches) and due to a write error / defect by the burner. Let's see how it works right away.
The first thing you need to do to be able to use it is to connect to the program's website and click on the writing free Download present in the upper left part of the page, to start downloading the program.
Once the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained to start the installation procedure. Then click on Si and, in the window you see appearing on the desktop, accept the license to use by placing the check mark on I accept the agreement, click your Next four consecutive times, then on install and finally presses on Finish.
At this point, all you have to do is insert the CD / DVD from which to recover the data into the appropriate computer reader, wait for it to be recognized by CD Recovery Toolbox, click the button Next at the bottom, click on the button with the icon depicting the open yellow folder to select the location on your PC to save the data from the disk, click again Next, put the check mark next to the files to be recovered and press the button Save.
Now, you just have to wait for the data recovery procedure to finish, crossing your fingers so that everything goes in the best way. At the end of the procedure, if everything has actually gone the right way, you will see the message appear in the program window saved in correspondence with the name of the recovered items and a window will open automatically Esplora risorse / Esplora file with the files recovered and saved inside.
RoadKil Unstoppable Copier (Windows)
Another great piece of software you can appeal to to be able to open your damaged CDs is RoadKil Unstoppable Copier. It is in fact a powerful tool for Windows that allows you to recover data from damaged disks in a flash.
It is free, in Italian and the beauty is that to work it does not necessarily require installation (it is also available in a portable version, the one I used to write this step), which is why it can also be inserted on a USB key.
To use it, first download the program by connecting to its website, selecting your operating system from the drop-down menu next to the item Choose Your Download, choosing Stand Alone Version from the adjacent menu and then clicking on the button Download placed next door.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on Yes to accept the software license. Then, in the program window that appeared on the screen, click on the button Shop by Department that you find in correspondence with the item Source at the top and select the disk in relation to which you intend to act and then click on the button Shop by Department that you find next to the wording Destination (always at the top) and select the location where you want to save the files that will eventually be recovered.
Then make sure that the three available options are selected in the lower part of the program window (Copied files, Skipped files e Corrupted files) and if not, you can then click on the Copy button at the top right to start the disk analysis procedure and data recovery.
When the operation is completed, you will see a warning appear indicating the total number of elements that could be recovered from the damaged CD and in the central part of the program window you will be shown all the data saved on the disk again accessible with a degree of integrity and status at following. To view them, go to the destination folder selected previously.
If, on the other hand, what you are using is a Mac and if you are looking for a zero-cost resource to the program that I proposed at the beginning of the guide, the advice I can give you is to try FileSalvage. It is an application for macOS which, as easily understood by the name itself, allows you to recover deleted files from any drive or volume that the Mac can access. Given its capabilities, it therefore also allows you to open damaged CDs by recovering inaccessible data on various external media or, again, on those deleted by mistake.
It is very easy to use and it is also very very effective. The only negative note, if we want to define it so, is that it is paid but it is possible to test its functioning for free (as I did to draw up this step) then proceeding with the activation of the product at the time of the implementation of the procedure. recovery.
To use it for your purpose, first connect to the download page of the program and press the button Download here which is in the center to download the program to your computer.
When the download is complete, open the file in .dmg format obtained and drag the program icon to the folder Applications to install the software on your Mac then go to the folder Applications of macOS, right-click on the program icon and select apri both from the contextual menu and from the warning that appeared on the screen in order to start the application, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-“blessed” developers.
In the program window that you see appear on the desktop at this point, select the tab Drivers at the top left and then click on the disk in relation to which you intend to go to act from the list displayed and then select the options Search for deleted and regular files e Search for embedded files that you find below to perform a complete search of the files.
Then press on the button Start Scan that you find even further down, type the password for the user account currently in your Mac and wait for the scan procedure of the selected disk to be started and completed. At the end of the process, you will be shown the total number of items on the disk that have been found and that can be recovered as well as the list of all the files on the media.
To proceed with the recovery, select the elements of your interest and then press the button Recover placed at the bottom. Then proceed with the purchase of the user license and then indicate the destination location of the files and wait for the saving process to be started and completed.