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Recovering Files from a CD-RW

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by AhrenBa, Jan 18, 2006.

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  1. AhrenBa

    AhrenBa Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I recently deleted a Document from my CD-RW, and am wondering if there is anyway to recover it? I haven't re-written any data on the disk after the deletion. Thanks
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Yes it should still be there. CD-RW are notoriously unreliable but hopefully you should get the file back

    Isobuster is shareware and should do it.
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/319432
     
  3. AhrenBa

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    Ok, cool, thank you for the help. I have downloaded the program, what should I do next? Thank you.
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    Install the program, run the program....
     
  5. AhrenBa

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    Yes, I know, but when I open the program, put in the cd-rw, all it says is "blank cd-rw" and gives me no options.
     
  6. Squashman

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    I don't think you can recover data from a CD-RW once you have overwritten it to be a blank cd.
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    If you "deleted a document" on the CD, then I assume you must have been using a "packet writing" type of software such as DirectCD or InCD.

    Otherwise you would not have been able to do so. CD-RW does not natively mean Read-Write, it means Re-Writeable. That means you can write to it but cannot delete a file (only erase the entire disk) in normal use.

    Packet writing changes that, but also writes in a non-standard format to do so. That makes the use of CD-RW in that manner very flakey, not something I would consider using if the data was valuable.

    However Isobuster is supposed to read from a "packet written" CD as well.

    Perhaps start from the beginning and explain exactly how this CD was created, and with what software?

    Then explain how the file was "deleted", using what software.

    Windows version would be useful as well.
     
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