CD-ROM recovery software?

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Wed Apr 8 16:40:24 MDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 08, 2009 at 11:02:16AM -0600, Michael Torrie wrote:
> Charles Curley wrote:
> > I have a data CD-ROM which has gone flakey, and the usual driver can't
> > get all the files off of it. Is there anything out there that might
> > recover a flaky CD?
> > 
> > I know grip will do the same for audio CDs. Is there anything like it
> > for data CDs?
> I would try dd_rescue and make an image that you can mount

I'm trying ddrescue ("aptitude install gddrescue" on Ubuntu). It's
still crunching away. I decided to order a replacement set anyway. The
first thing I'll do with those is dd 'em onto a backup hard drive.

> Sadly, though, I've found that burned CDs fail after a couple of years.
>  Usually the dye fades, making the data unreadable.  Even if the die
> still holds the data, I've lost many old CDs due to scratches on the
> label side.

Mine were burned. I hope the replacement set were pressed, which
should last longer.


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