So you are trying to copy a few photos to your computer from a CD that your friend gave a millennium ago. Chances are it is scratched and dirty and the very looks suggest a futile attempt. But before giving up, try these tips to recover scratched CD/DVDs.
First check if the disk works fine on some other machine or CD/DVD drive. This will eliminate the chances of your drive going bad.
Polish the disk
Polishing the disk removes some of the outer plastic coating and in most cases helps recover the scratched CD/DVD. A number of household items can be used to polish the disk – the most commonly used product being toothpaste.
Apply a small amount of toothpaste (must be paste, not gel) to a soft, clean cloth. Gently rub the cloth on the scratch in a non-radial motion, starting at the center and rubbing to the edge. Note that rubbing in a circular motion can cause small scratches that throw off the laser tracking system in the CD/DVD reader.
Wash the disk thoroughly with warm water. If you have a waxing agent like Vaseline apply a thin coat and wipe off the excess.
Run the chkdsk command
Open command prompt(“windows key +r” -> ”cmd” ) and type in the following command:
chkdsk x: /r
where “x” is the CD/DVD drive of your computer.
This command attempts to recover any bad sectors in the disk.
Use the Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier Software
A great tool for recovering scratched CD/DVDs. Copies all recoverable files from the disk.
Simply enter the drive letter in the source field, the location of the copied files in the target field, hit Copy and you’re done.
Download it from here: