Recover Your Damaged CDs

learn an old technique to how to recover damaged or scratched diskswith some lost of data. Here we cover some special technique of how to create a full working CD from the scratched one.First some tools will be needed:
1. Alcohol 120%
2. UltraISO
3. Windows XP/2000 (not tested on 95/98/me)3. Small piece of cotton
4. Dry cleaner paper
5. Finally, oil for cooking.First step - preparing the CDGet the cotton and drop some water, start cleaning vertically the surface of CD.Do it 3 times and dry the water with a piece of dry cleaner paper. With a new pieceof cotton, drop some oil for cooking and start to wet the surface like you arewashing the CD with the oil.
Dry carefully now.
Some particles of oil will stay on themicro surface of the scratch.
It's okay.
Seems the oil helps the laser of the CD/DVD driverto read the surface again.
Sure this will work with small unreadable scratchs - some hardscratches loose parts of the surface of the CD where we have data and it's lost forever.But if it is loosed try anyway.
With this tip 80% of the small scratched CD's could berecovered.Second Step - testing the CDWith Alcohol 120% make an ISO - image making wizard - and lets see if the app canread the loosed surface. In my case Alcohol 120% had recovered 60% of the data.
This is not enough.
Have tryed other appz, they do not recover all the data.
But theCD/DVD driver laser CAN recover all data in this case.
the data is still there, what we do?Third step - making the new CDWith the main copy system of windows explorer you can do it. Just create one folderwith the same name of the CD label for future burn reference, and copy the CD contentto the folder.
When the CD copy process find the scratch, in majority of the cases, it'sslow down the reading and will recover ALL loosed data.If not, it just tell you there'san unreadable sector.
In this case your CD is lost. But it's not my case, finallywindows explorer got all the data from the scratch and made a copy in the folder.with the ultraISO, wrote the original CD label, drop the content of the folder andsave as Iso.
You can Test the new CD just mounting the iso in the Alcohol 120%.
In mycase i did ISO of the two discs from MAX PAYNE 2 and tested installing from the mountedISO.
Works like a charm. I got the 4 mb lost again.
So, I have burned the CD and now ihave a working copy from the scratched one.Sounds too bizzarre, but works.
Course you can jump the cleaning process and try to copythe content with Windows explorer. But in my case did not work without oil...

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