Botched Data DVD
May 21, 2005 5:53 PM   Subscribe

How can I get files off an improperly finalized data DVD? (WinXP, Nero)

I backed up some files on a data DVD with Nero. I believe that everything burned fine but the disc wasn't properly finalized. Either way, I can't read from the disc. When I open it in Nero, I see one session with two tracks: one is 4 GB Joliet, the other has 10 KB and just says Data (mode 1). I'm not sure what that means, but Nero seems to see the files I wrote to the disc, but it won't let me finalize the DVD. (It tells me the disc is not writable.)

These are my only backups, and I really like to get the files off the DVD (provided they're really there.) Is there any utility or trick that might let me read the data?

posted by muckster to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Best answer: Take a look at this.
posted by AlexReynolds at 7:33 PM on May 21, 2005

Response by poster: Amazing! Thank you!
posted by muckster at 7:56 PM on May 21, 2005

ISOBuster is definitely the tool for the job - I've used it to successfully recover data from "corrupted" or "damaged" DVD data discs more than once.
posted by mrbill at 3:40 AM on May 22, 2005

I highly recommend ISO buster. Stop by and pick up a crack for it (warning dont think about using IE there!)
posted by Dean Keaton at 1:39 PM on May 22, 2005

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