Any new technology to open/read scratched CD

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June 5, 2010 at 14:36:52
Specs: Windows Vista
I am trying to open a CD. I stored a 60,000 word novel on it 5 years ago. My friend who has software for such a scenario was able to pull up the file, but, it would not open! He said that it has a scratch on it and will work on it Monday at work where he has a solution. Any ideas!! I need this file as I am going to publish the novel on Amazon through kindle.

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#1
June 5, 2010 at 14:44:09
If the scratch is on the top of the disk, you've got a major problem. If it's on the bottom, all you need to do is polish it out.

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#2
June 5, 2010 at 14:47:56
If the CDR has a scratch on it you may be able to repair the scratch. If only one scratch it should still work.

What type of media is it burned to? CDR? 74 minute or 80 minute?

Do you remember what program you used to burn the disk. Could be that you used a packet writer and the scratch is not the problem.

Packet writers have changed over the years.

Below is a link to an interesting article that explains a lot of the technology.

The long and short of it that you may not be using the correct format to read the disk. Of course it could be just a damaged disk too.

If possible you should try reading the disk on the same operating system it was written on.

http://www.osta.org/technology/cdqa...


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#3
June 5, 2010 at 15:06:54
Thank you for teh reply. I am not familiar with Packet Writer. I think that I used Notepad at the time. I need to get this novel downloaded!! Help!! LOL

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#4
June 5, 2010 at 15:15:18
You wrote a novel using notepad?

What version of Windows? Did you create the entire disk in one session or a little at a time?


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#5
June 5, 2010 at 15:18:55
I used the 2003 version I believe of Microsoft, or it may have been from the late 90s', I am beside myself. HELP!! LOL.. I created the CD in one session. Yes.

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#6
June 5, 2010 at 15:22:14
Do you know if you used a burning program like Nero or Roxio?

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#7
June 5, 2010 at 15:30:14
I believ ethat i bured the CDS but do not know the name of the program.

M


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#8
June 5, 2010 at 15:36:09
I KNOW you must have burned the CDs. Did you ever check to see if the novel was accessible after making the disks?

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#9
June 5, 2010 at 15:50:56
Yes, it was accessible after burning the CD. Now what. My friend is going to rub the scratches for me on Moday with some kind of solution. Geee....I do not want to loose a 600 thousand word novel! Any other ideas bsedides the FRI etc...LOL..


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#10
June 5, 2010 at 15:52:04
I mean the FBI..as they probably could access the file.

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#11
June 5, 2010 at 17:30:25
The data is in the substrate on the top of the disc so as long as the top is OK, your data should be OK. All your friend would have to do is remove the scratch on the bottom, & there are a number of different methods for doing that. Did you try simply copying the disc? I found a couple of badly scratched audio CDs that were unplayable, but when I copied them, the copies worked fine.

How to fix a scratched CD

I've gotta ask though...if this novel was SO important to you, why is it that you only have ONE copy? You don't have it on your hard drive? Never made a 2nd backup disc?


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#12
June 5, 2010 at 17:38:21
I had the novel stored on another computer at another house I own. It was stolen! I thin k that my friend who is in possession of the CD tried to tranfer it. Stated it did not work. Thank you for your help.

M


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#13
June 5, 2010 at 21:24:28
Scratch on top of CD = dead

Scratch on bottom of CD = polish it out

move along.

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#14
June 6, 2010 at 05:31:24
Thank you. I shall.

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