Everyone, I became a member of this site so that I could ask the elite of optical media experts about a problem that I’ve sought the answer to EVERYWHERE on the internet that no one seems to have an answer to…
WHY IS THERE NO WAY TO PLAY A CRACKED AUDIO CD?
One of my favorite audio cd’s (Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, Disc 1) is cracked from the center hole to the outer edge. I popped it into my boom box to see what would happen, and it played just as I had expected - it skipped every rotation, but all the data was still there.
I figured that, since all of the data on the cd was still there except for the minute little sliver of data destroyed by the crack, there must be an application somewhere out there that grabs all of the recoverable data from a ruined cd, ESPECIALLY a cd containing audio files which are not largely affected by data loss. I thought to myself that I’d even be happy with a rip that popped every half a second just as long as all the songs played sequentially without repetitions. So I got on the Internet and was immediately pointed to some hopeful solutions:
EAC - Exact Audio Copy: This program is supposed to give you a perfectly clean rip of any audio cd, compensating for any data loss.
ISOBuster: This program does the same thing except it gives you an ISO instead of audio files. Also, I believe that it can’t interpolate audio data as EAC can.
I tried both of these programs without success, because neither of them will work if your OS does not recognize that a CD is in the drive.
What confuses me about this is that my boom box from 1981 recognized that it was an audio cd, and played it, albeit poorly, despite the crack.
I therefore conclude that there MUST be a way to recover the data on the cd which was not destroyed - and I suggest that the solution will not be a windows application (because a solution of this nature would depend on windows recognizing the cd in the drive, which it cannot). I see three possible alternatives:
Some sort of improved windows cd-rom driver which can tell the cd-rom drive to read cd’s that don’t register as “official” cd’s because of some sort of defect.
An application that copies cd’s but does not run in windows (i.e. it comes on a bootable disk) and comes with its own improved cd-rom driver that can do the same thing.
An improved cd-rom drive which includes the necessary modifications for reading cracked cd’s such as mine.
So, I ask all of you: Do any of these solutions exist? If not, are there any other ways for me to rip the data off my cd? Help is very much appreciated.
P.S. - I don’t need you to tell me that I should just buy a new cd, download it again from somewhere, or that I should’ve backed up my cd collection. These points are irrelevant. Thanks again.