Basically I have come a cropper in as much as where I have stored quite important data on CD’s dating back to as far as 2001 they seem to have gone south and the data is well and truly damaged. However, this seems to relate to wherer I have used labels on the cd’s as opposed to a spontaneous degredation of the media itself. I believe this as when looking at other disks from 2001 - nowhere near so important to me and therefore NOT stored so well but without labels - they still seem fine.
If I had known about the problem with using labels sooner I would have in no way used such. I learnt the hard way with DVD’s but with CD’s that I had alreday labelled I thought I was ok.
Without starting up the to label or to label in this thread personally I think it is not a function of unbalancing that has occured here or say corrosive corruption of the recoprding layer by glue. Looking at the bad error scans that I have made it shows damage to the start and end of the disk mainly so I am going to assume that it is something nobody has thought of before (at least to my knowledge) and that is a contracting of the glue/label over the years pulling on the recording layer which in turn has moved the various data tracks out of alignment - pure logic would suggest this contracting would pull more on the inner and outer areas of the disk than in the middle.
Anyway the reason for this post is for some advise on data recovery. I am in a unique situation in as much as where I was paranoid in the past I, in some instances, have up to 6 Cd copies of the effected data!!! Yes all 6 disks have gone South - how soul destroying is that!!!
In turn I have discovered numerous programmes out there that will do there damndest to recover this lost data however they cannot recover everything. In the case of a Easy CD creator jewel case design for example that I do NOT wish to lose these programs will only gain me back say 94% of the file - the rest is lost data and you guessed it - the file will not open with this missing 6%.
Now here is the $64 million question. Whilst the same file, in the example above, is duff on all of my disk copies you are not going to tell me that on each of the seperate disks the same 6- 10 odd % is effected on each one. Is there a data recovery program out there that will drag what it can off one disk say then use the file FROM ANOTHER DISK(S) to gain back the missing bytes thereby recompiling the effected file on the hard drive in full?.
All the programs just seem to run off one Cd
Please help. I already got stung by the Ritek G04/G05 dye problem - I’d like to not be stung again!!!