Can I recover data from a corrupt DVD?


I have a Sony DRU-500A DVD+-RW/+-R/CD drive in my computer.

My RW disk that I was using as a storage for my digital photos

might be corrupted because the DVD drive is not reading it.

I'm using Veritas DLA. (software came with DVD Drive)

My question is: Is there a way to recover the lost files? (my precious photos)

I hope you can help.

Thank You, Jim Dilbeck


This question was answered on January 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There is a program called IsoBuster, which claims to recover all sorts of data It is part freeware, but I don't know if the features you need are free or not.

Check out the details at

Next issue would have to be, how "precious" are those pictures, really? There are data recovery services, which specialize in situations such as yours, but expect to pay as much as 800 dollars to have the data from that disk recovered, and there are no guarantees It's not an easy process in any sense of the word The object is to recover as much of the data as is humanly possible, using the most controlled conditions imaginable. is a good place to begin Give them a jingle, as people with problems like yours often require a sympathetic voice.

Makes a darn good case for maintaining regular backups, eh?


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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 15, 2003