I have a 10-year-old Acer CD-R that is in mint condition. It has about 250MB of files on it but I can't read 99% of the files. The file system is Mac HFS and I've been trying to read it with ISOBbuster. I've tried a Pioneer DVR-109A and my laptop's Matshita UJ-842D. Clearly, I used an inferior quality CD. Is there any hope? Is it worth trying other drives? Is it normal that the CD is kind of see-through? If not, would putting an opaque label on it be helpful?
If Isobuster can't see the files then it's probably degraded beyond recovery. Do you know anyone with a Mac?
To clarify, ISOBuster can see the files but it gets read errors on almost everything.
Some drivers are better readers than others, I don't think I would rely on the laptop drive to read the disk, not sure about the Pioneer. The thing about trying to read it on another PC is that you'll have to have Isobuster installed as well. I still suggest trying to find someone with a Mac that might be willing to try and help you.
Ok - I have a mac at work I can try - thanks
The Samsung S203b seems to be a pretty good reader, might want to try one if you have access to it. there are many others that read damaged disk well, if you search the forum you can probably find the best ones for the job.
Wow - so I got a Lite-On eHAU220 (external iHAS220) from Newegg. I wasn't expecting a silver bullet, but this thing rips right through the cd no problem! I'm really amazed. $50 well spent.
Thanks for the help everyone