On 17/04/2021 18:03, Zane Healy wrote:
On Apr 17, 2021, at 9:24 AM, Antonio Carlini via
<cctalk at classiccmp.org
<mailto:cctalk at classiccmp.org>> wrote:
If anyone has any suggestions for how to clean CDs to recover data,
I'm all ears.
Do you have access to a Record Store that deals in used CDs? ?I know
one of our local ones used to have ?a machine for resurfacing CDs, at
the time, I didn?t need to make use of the service. ?Another option
might be used Video Game stores.
Thanks for that, I didn't realise that such a service even existed.
There's a GAME in the Westgate in Oxford and the GAME website mentions
CD cleaning for games, so I might call and check to see if they have the
machine. ?3 per disc, so it perhaps might be worth trying on one. When I
hold the CD up to the light there are definite pin pricks where I can
see the light shining through so I rather suspect that there are some
points that are unrecoverable. So maybe not.
I also happened across two youtube videos
) where people do the same
sort of thing by hand. I happen to have some 3000 grit wet-and-dry
available. I might have a go at that too, although I think I should find
a data CD that I don't care about, rough it up and see if I can "unrough
it up". Pity I threw away all those AOL CDs years ago :-) Actually, I
suspect I have a number of duplicate MSDN CDs, so those might do for
So far I've just tried using dd to recover the data but perhaps I should
try to find something that won't give up when the OS reports an
unreadable sector. Anyone have any suggestions?
antonio at acarlini.com