From Naltech Software:
CD Data Rescue is a effective data recovery software that recovers lost and deleted files from damaged,scratched or defective CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs,supporting also Mount Rainier, UDF, and MRW discs even in not compilant drives. With this products you can easily recover files, folders, or deleted files. It also can recover files from quick formated CD-RW discs. Recovers unreadable and deleted files from CD discs recorded by common CD writing software. Full real support for UDF packet witting software: DirectCD (including old versions and compressed CDs) InCD, packetCD. Also supports discs recorded by Sony digital cameras. Includes the AccuRescue exclusive technology for damaged discs recovery. The recovery wizard allows to scan and recover files in the easiest way. The user can configure the recovery options in the main window to achieve the best recovery results. The fully functional free trial version allows to preview the recovered files with the internal viewer before purchasing.
Actually rescued file names, their directories and sub-directories. Much better than BadCopyPro which assigned it's own sequence number to all files and completely lost directory information -- perhaps my fault?
A little hard to get started but then it rescued every file on my "blank" CDRW. Wish it cost less, but guess it was worth it.
I have version 2.3 of CD Data Rescue, downloaded last night, running WinXP on a 3GHz HP Pavillan, and used the HP DVD/CD burner/reader that came with the system.
I had 2 CD's with vacation pictures on them that were a mess, you could see all the folders and file names, but could not view or copy them with anything, just see the directory.
I tried several recovery tools before this one, and none of them worked, most were so crippled you could not tell if it would work or not for you.
This not only worked, but it gave me a pre-view of what it recovered, in my case it was easy, the preview was a photo and in the trial version, I could see the picture.
It had a ton of other features I have not tried since the way it installed, worked out of the box. It looks like it can approach recovery from a number of ways, one of these days I might read the manual and find out what all those other options do...
Then to my surprise, when I went to buy it, they have a 100% money back deal, if you can't get back what you bought it to get back, for any reason, they refund your money, the only condition is that you give them a shot a helping you recover it, if they can't help you, then you get your money back.
So I bought it, registration was a breeze and secure, and had a full copy in minutes.
Without so much as reading the help, much less the manual, I just started clicking away at what looked like you needed to do, the learning curve was virtually nothing.
I got back all the pictures from both CD's, over 300 jpg's. I can't say how it will work for others, but with a risk free buying option combined with how easy it was to use, and mainly how effective it was, I would easily recommend it to anyone.
This program can't access your CDROM in a special way, it only accesses it by requesting information from it and waiting for a reply, just as Windowz do.
It's only as good as your CDROM drive! Mine is a LiteOn52x.
1st start of program: okay
2nd start of program: bad > bluescreen VxDs (winME OStype w/updates)
3rd start of program: Sys reboot!
Navigation within software GUI: Bad (if you don't read the helpfiles)
Quickstart helpguide navigation: difficult (for impatient people)
GUI screen: Very Attractive!
I know that there is data on my cd. I was able to pull some of it off. But when I ran this utility to get my much needed emails and photos, it didn't find a thing on the CD and the program ran for over 9 hours...I do not recommend this.