7 Effective Ways to Recover Data from Inaccessible CD & DVD

If you have stored valuable data on a CD or DVD, it will be pretty frustrating to find the media inaccessible. Now, in this article, we’ll introduce you 7 effective means to recover data from the inaccessible CD and DVD.

As we all know, CD and DVD is susceptible to corruption owing to its vulnerable surface. Any Improper handlings can damage the CD and DVD easily. Moreover, it is inevitable that with continuous use, CD and DVD will tend to become scratched. With times to access scratched CD/DVD increasing, the media will finally become inaccessible and unreadable. The data stored in it may get damaged, like corrupt PST file. In this scenario, you’ll surely make efforts to recover your data. Here are 7 useful methods.

7 Effective Ways to Recover Data from Inaccessible CD & DVD

1. Check the Health of CD Driver

At times, the culprit is the CD driver of the computer instead of the CD/DVD itself. That is to say, the CD/DVD is still fine. In this case, what you should do is to check the health of the driver. You can try the other CDs/DVDs on this computer. If the others can work normally, there must be something wrong with the CD/DVD.

2. Clean the CD/DVD

Dusts, dirt and oil accumulated on the CD/DVD can result in scratches, thereby causing data loss. In this situation, you should clean it. Simply wash the CD/DVD gently under warm water and meanwhile softly rub it in a radial motion. After it air dry, you can try it again.

3. Wax the CD/DVD

What’s more, you can try to repair the CD/DVD by waxing. Use a very thin layer of wax onto its shiny surface. Then, let it dry. Afterwards, select a clean, soft and lint free cloth to wipe the disc. Eventually, test the CD/DVD on PC. If it works, do a data backup right now.

4. Hold the CD/DVD under Light-bulb

Also, you can attempt to repair the inaccessible CD/DVD via a light-bulb. First off, turn on a 60 watt bulb. Then, thread the CD into your finger and hold the shiny surface at a distance of about 4 inches from the bulb. After not over 20 seconds, rotate it slowly. Finally, when the CD is hot, you can try running it on PC.

5. Polish the CD/DVD

To some extent, polishing a CD/DVD can remove some of the outer plastic coating, making scratches shallower. But, this can be treated as your last resort in that any improper operations can completely destroy the CD/DVD. You can apply a small amount of toothpaste to a clean cloth and then gently rub it on the scratch of the CD/DVD. Keep performing this for 10 times or so. Lastly, wash the CD with warm water to remove the toothpaste and let it air dry. Now, you can test the CD/DVD.

6. Recover via Third Party Tool

A lot of data recovery applications, which are dedicated to CD/DVD, are available in today’s market. Therefore, if all methods introduced above cannot make effects, you can try recovering your CD/DVD data via a reliable and good-quality tool.

7. Contact Professionals for Help

If you’re unable to figure out the actual reasons for inaccessible CD/DVD, you had better never attempt DIY data recovery. Instead, you should take recourse to data recovery professionals. They can give you some useful suggestions.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupted sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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  4. My 25yr old ( & older) dvds arent reading on any machines anymore and arent damaged. Am i alone in this? Or is there a way to recover my old home movies on these that i dont know of? My dad recently passed and my grandkids wanted to watch videos of him. Despite my careful storage of the dvds, almost all are reading as “blank” on my dvd recorder and all 3 computers I’ve tried to play them on; we are all heartbroken.

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