Recovering Files from a CD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Halcyon, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    I have a few CD's with files I cannot recover.

    Some of the CD's will boot but when I try to copy the files to my HD (or try to open them directly from the CD) it tells me the file is damaged.

    Other CD's won't even boot and I get a message window saying something like the disk needs to be initialized, not recognizable, etc.

    Any info on recovery software that might help me here...or any other tricks.


    PD - I've already tried on other computers and several other CD players. Also used one of those kits to restore scratched disks...after close examination the CD's don't seem to be physicaly damaged anyway.
  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Are these CDs or CD-Rs? If they are CD-Rs then you may have a problem where the session wasn't closed, which allows you to add files to the disc later, but can make the disc show as blank in a computer that doesn't recognize the prior sessions.
  3. Halcyon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    I've got both kinds and they are all burned as one session.

    Yes, I've had the problem you mentioned while burning a multi session CD, when opened in another machine (specially going from Mac to PC) it would only boot the last session or nothing at all...but this is not the case this time.

    I know there is some software out there, I was wonderng if anybody knew of one that was freeware (to start with)...

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