Recover data from corrupt DVD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ski2moro, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    A friend has a video of his wedding and honeymoon on DVD. (nothing copy protected, just from his camera) Last evening, Valentine's Day, it played on his PC half way through before freezing. Then, it wouldn't play past the intro/menu screen. The computer can read the DVD to find the video TS files, but won't play. The DVD has a paper label on it. It appears to be well-adhered to the disk with no loose edges.

    First question, can I put a DVD with a paper label in my one year old MacBook Pro (266 GHz Intel core i7)?

    Second, is there any good way to try to recover the data? I have Toast, Handbrake, and MacTheRipper. If I can get the data using my Mac, he will save it on his hard drive and burn a copy. Live and learn.

    Can you help me save him?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    DVD's don't corrupt the same way that hard drives do. More likely, it's scratched or has been left in the heat, unless of course it's a problem with the drive. I would think you'd be ok putting it in your laptop, but I am also always wary of those paper labels. If it doesn't play in another drive, there's not likely much you can do, in my experience.

  3. ski2moro thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    It has no visible scratches. And the strange thing is that it played for about 30 minutes and pixelated just before it quit.

    He tried it in a DVD player and then on his computer.

    I'm wondering about heat and the difference between the expansion rate of paper vs the disk. It didn't seem hot to the touch, but you never know.
  4. kpgh554 macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2011
    iver england
    toast has a disc recovery in it .copy disc >disc
  5. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I went through an old collection of home made DVD's a few months ago, and a lot of the discs that were four-five old acted like they'd been wiped clean. The RW's more than the normal ones. I then read something about cheaper discs just not being made for long time storage, could this be the issue here? A cheap DVD that's more than four or five years old?
  6. ski2moro thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Ya, the DVD is 4 years old. He's a PC guy who really doesn't know much about computers. I'm trying to educate him. :cool:

    I'll try Toast. Thanks.

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