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  Reply # 207962 19-Apr-2009 17:01
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Yeah I have worried about putting it in my new laptop, incase it comes apart or screws the drive - might have to try that ISO buster idea, thats the sort of thing I was after with the filling of gaps with blank data and corrupting some of the files while hopefully pulling out one or two readable photos. I'm gonna try dig up an old crusty laptop and give it a go

Whatever you do don't put it in a laptop disk drive. the spindle they have cause disk failures more then anything else I know. As suggested by someone else using nero drive speed to slow the drive down as slow a possible and tape the back of the disk (with tape on the other side of the disk to balance. However I dont like your chances.

If you REALLY need the data then take it to a data recovery service but this could cost you a significant amount of money.

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  Reply # 207965 19-Apr-2009 17:24
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If you put tape on the top of the CD you'll most probably simply lift off the now torn top coating, if the top coating is peeling off at all you might find it very hard to get the data back anyhow. Also the TOC is possibly damaged which is right at the centre hub which may sadly kill the chances of recovery.

Best bet would be to find an old "double speed" drive or similar and carefully insert it in that.

I used to put everything on CD/RW back in the day, people used to think I was mad but all those discs are readable now as the coating does not peel or flaske spontaneously off and only 2 out of 11 CD-R's (Verbatim/Kodak) have survived. (Blue/Gold)

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