Ripping problem CDs
January 10, 2014 12:36 PM Subscribe
Are there super-capable external drives out there that can read problem CDs? Which brands/models are they?
posted by curious nu to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So we've been digitizing our music collection, and I've got a handful of discs that are causing problems. Most of them have just a couple of tracks that can't be read - and ALWAYS at the end of the disc - but a few have more (one disc can't be read at all, another is unreadable for half). When I say "unreadable" I mean iTunes (latest update in 10.8) seeks, endlessly, trying to do anything with the track, and eventually stops responding. I don't think it's DRM because most of these date from the mid-90s. They DO play fine in a regular audio player. I also think they might be readable with a better CD drive - some of these can't be read at all in my iMac drive, but a little external USB drive I borrowed got through most of it just fine.