Wedge Maniac wrote:I *think* that Isobuster is sometimes able to read corrupt discs and extract them. Can anybody confirm this?
Yes, it is able to do so. But I don't think it is quite as capable as the ArrowKey products, for example.
Wedge Maniac wrote: Nonetheless, Isobuster is a must-have tool and I just noticed that version 1.3 is out.
Wedge Maniac wrote:hsw21, I don't think you need to register in order to utilize the features of Isobuster that you need. I typically open up Isobuster, let it quickly read the disc, right-click on one of the root folders located in the left pane, then choose the top option in the menu that says Extract "folder name". Then extract it to a known location.
You can also right-click a particular file you want to copy in the right-hand pane and select "Extract name of file
" (the top menu item). But hsw21's abCD discs are UDF, as far as I know, and on closer inspection I see that ISO Buster does require registration for extracting data from UDF discs. When I first recommended ISO Buster, I wasn't aware of that and didn't check thoroughly enough. In any event, I figured hsw21 could at least first try ISO Buster to see if it could read the abCD format at all, and, if so, then she(?) could register it, if required, to actually extract the data.
Wedge Maniac wrote:Btw, in my experience, using packet writing software has proven to be the most unreliable method for safekeeping data.
Also agreed. Some people have had good long term success with packet-writing, but in general it is less reliable, particularly if done on CD-RW media. On the other hand, it does have its conveniences. I recommend it only for short-term data transfer tasks, not long-term archiving of data not stored anywhere else. And personally I don't use it at all.