Recover overwritten files on a CD disc

January 12, 2011 at 09:18:55
Specs: Windows XP
I saved a file to my CD and the files already on that CD are no longer listed. How can I recover those files?

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#1
January 14, 2011 at 06:24:44
Im sorry to inform you that you will not be able to recover those files.....easily. CD media is not quite like HDD's once the data is written over or in this case erased it is actually gone. You could try seagate or a program called Finaldata claims to be able to recover info off of CD RW's. Good luck.

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#2
January 14, 2011 at 08:29:15
"I saved a file to my CD and the files already on that CD are no longer listed. How can I recover those files?"

The other files are probably still there unless you deleted them yourself.

Try cleaning the laser lens on the drive.
If this is a desktop computer, use a laser lens cleaning CD. If you don't have one, most places that sell CDs and DVDs have them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.
If this is a laptop, you could do that, or eject the tray, and with no disk on it, wipe off the obvious laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth.

A burned CD that was made in one drive model may not read properly in another drive model, especially if it's other than a CD-R or DVD-R disk.
Try reading the CD in a different drive.


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#3
January 14, 2011 at 11:01:54
Files on a CD are not overwritten, the TOC is changed to reflect the location of the new file. Once the dye is burned on a CD, there is no way to undo it so all your old data is still there. The modified file is burned to an unused area of the CD.
Go to www.Isobuster.com. Download and install IsoBuster, it will most likely find the old version of the file.

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