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1. Alcohol 120% 2. UltraISO 3. Windows XP/2000 (not tested on 95/98/me) 3. Small piece of cotton 4. Dry cleaner paper 5. Finally, oil for cooking. First step - preparing the CD
Get the cotton and drop some water, start cleaning vertically the surface of CD. Do it 3 times and dry the water with a piece of dry cleaner paper. With a new piece of cotton, drop some oil for cooking and start to wet the surface like you are washing the CD with the oil. Dry carefully now. Some particles of oil will stay on the microsurface of the scrath. It's okay. Seems the oil helps the laser of the CD/DVD driver to read the surface again. Sure this will work with small unreadable scratchs - some hard scratchs loose parts of the surface of the CD where we have data and it's lost forever. But if it is loosed try anyway. Whith this tip 80% of the small scratched CD's coud be recovered.
Hello pgaudette1 To recover accidentally erased data , try http://www.recovermemorycards.com/ Probably the data were erased when extracting the card with the camera still " on " , but this is only a supposition . Best regards , fanaudi .
Sounds like the laser that reads DVD is not working, but the one that reads CD is. Try swapping the drive with a known working one in another computer. If the drive does not work in the other computer, and the other drive works in your computer; then it looks like you need a new drive.