Data CD problem (no idea where to start with this 1!)

vbimport

#1

Ok, odd problem. I have 2 cd’s purchased some time ago (possibly 10 yrs?) from a 3rd party. They are data discs containing files of a vehicle manufacturer’s parts catalog; diagrams, exploded views, part numbers, etc. Don’t remember if it’s a copy of a factory disc (not sure that they even used them at the time) or the person scanned the physical catalog and put the files on disc as it’s been a while since they were used. All I know is they worked, were put back in their sleeves and stored.

Needing to refer to them so I pulled them out, put them in and nothing. No read errors or anything just nothing. Drive spins up for a while then stops or just keeps going. Doesn’t show anything in win explorer. Either disc, tried on 3 different computers 2 with winxp and 1 with vista and same thing, nothing. They aren’t scratched or damaged in any way, and I know they worked before. It’s just been so long since I don’t remember if there was a specific program to run them or not? Don’t remember who they were purchased from so can’t ask them.

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


#2

Try using the free version of ISOBuster to find the data on the discs.


#3

I second Kerry’s suggestion of IsoBuster.
The trial version is free & still works limited after the trial.

I suspect it is the UDF version they were written with that is causing the problem.
Or age deterioration.

Nero Info tool might tell you what software wrote the discs.


#4

Thanks Kerry! I’ll give that a try when I get home. Gotta get these files, hard copies of those catalogs are $80 a piece!

Age deterioration for real?! Geez I better start checking other data discs then!

I’ll give Nero a try too. I hope something pops. Like I said all they do is spin. Doesn’t even show a disc is in the drive under win explorer.


#5

That sounds just like my problem, on a mac though.
Have tried several apps, win + mac, to no avail.
Maybe this thread will give shed new light!
:bigsmile:


#6

“Auto CDs” and reading problems - this always sounds like that HexaLock issue.


#7

Christine is correct many of this kind of CD have HexaLock.
If that is the case then you will need to use software designed to work with HexaLock .
I don’t have a Mac so I have I don’t know if any of the software in the threads about HexaLock would work.
I also haven’t worked with any HexaLock containing CDs.
I have read about them in some of the threads.
They seem to be a real pain to make backups of.