recovering audio from a un-finalized CD-R?
July 19, 2010 8:22 PM   Subscribe

whats the best way to extract audio from a CD-R that's not finalized?

question pretty much says it all. i recorded audio with an audio cd recorder and ejected it without finalizing it. of course it won't read on a computer but i can listen to it with some audio cd players (of course it freaks out when it reaches the end). i dont have access to the recorder so i can't put it back in to finalize it (i dont know if that's even allowed).

most data recovery tools i know of are for computer data, not audio. any utility suggestions? i prefer mac but i'll use windows if i have to. i assume all the good ones are for windows only.
posted by sammich to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
i have an AMAZING live show in limbo because it's not finalized...i will be watching this thread with great interest....i have a pc
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:32 PM on July 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Try ISOBuster under Windows. I'll guess you can get an idea of what is possible to recover without paying.
posted by rhizome at 8:53 PM on July 19, 2010

If the audio will play correctly in some CDs, the best solution is the one staring you in the face, the one you might not have thought of:

Put the disk back in the burner and finalize it.
posted by koeselitz at 9:03 PM on July 19, 2010

Argh. I meant "in some CD players," obviously. Anyhow, finalizing or fixating the disk will allow you to extract it however you like from any computer.
posted by koeselitz at 9:07 PM on July 19, 2010

If it plays in a CD player and all else fails, plug in an 1/8" audio cable from the headphone jack of the CD player to the microphone jack of your computer.
posted by wayland at 9:13 PM on July 19, 2010

Response by poster: wayland: yeah that would be my last ditch effort but i would like to keep it digital.

koeselitz: like i originally said, i dont have access to the cd recorder i used to make the disc. but if a solution is to just stick it back in and press finalize, can i use any cd recorder to do it? i guess i should visit a best buy later and find out.
posted by sammich at 10:52 PM on July 19, 2010

Response by poster: i just tried ISOBuster and it did the trick exactly. it showed that my CD has an open session with a bunch of audio tracks and it let me extract them individually to wav files. thanks!
posted by sammich at 11:23 PM on July 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

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