Ok I wasn’t sure excatly which forum to place this problem in so here it is:
I have a very important CD that has about 400 hours of photoshop work I’ve done on it. I’ve had these files for around 17 years. The information is personal so every couple of years I would re-burn the cd to a new CD-R and destroy the old one. Two months ago I was offered a new driver from windows update for my dvd writer. No big deal so I downloaded it. Could just be coinsidence but the CD then came up as blank… “How do you want to use this disk?” I chose CD/DVD and the disk showed blank. I then tried to use it as a USB flash drive and windows instantly jumped to “Farmatting” I stopped the format quickly by popping open the cd player. There is NOW a small section of the CD that acually DOES appear to have been written over from the format. All other data CD’s are fine in this machine. I have tried Several machines and they all think it is blank now. I’ve tried SEVERAL data recovery freeware programs and nothing comes up. What have I done and is there ANY way to get these files back? Thanks everyone. Oh, also there were hundreds of pictures and the “formatted” portion only covers a very small amount at the beginning.