dvd failure

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by hartlyuk, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. hartlyuk

    hartlyuk Guest

    I have stored computer data on four dvd+r discs.
    They all seem to have failed,that is one is not even recognized as a
    disc by the computer, and half the files have gone missing from the
    others.
    They have scratches on them.
    The free versions of cdroller and isobuster will not recover the lost
    files.
    Is there anyway I can access these files again?.
    I cannot believe they have all physically vanished
    I am astounded that these dvd discs are so vunerable to failure due
    to a few scratches.
    Why are the Microsoft programs running on the computer so sensitive
    to a few scratches?.
    One would think they can display files with data 'holes' in them,but
    they just seem to ignore the whole disc if one tiny bit of one data
    track is scratched.
    Grateful for any help ,Hartly.
     
    hartlyuk, Aug 3, 2006
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  2. Hartly,

    DVDs are not safe media for storing computer data. I used to use them for
    backups but as soon as 1 bit was misread, the backup program refused to
    restore the files. DVDs are meant for storing video movies; DVD players have
    built-in error correction utilities. If you need to backup computer data,
    your best bet would be an external hard disk, connected through USB or
    firewire.
     
    Lou van Wijhe, Aug 3, 2006
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  3. hartlyuk

    John Russell Guest

    Have you used a DVD headcleaner recently?
    The DVD drive has to be able to read the disk, if it can't there is little
    that software can do. That fact all the disks fail to read strongly
    indicates a problem with the drive.
     
    John Russell, Aug 3, 2006
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