Best Free CD Recovery Utility

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Introduction

Unfortunately it is still common to encounter partially or entirely unreadable CDs. The causes are many, ranging from simple scratches through to partially written sessions. Important data might not be accessible anymore, reason enough to look into tools that can help with the recovery.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Audit your data.

These products deliver operational benefits beyond risk management; they reflect an understanding of both the risks in data and the benefits of auditing.

 

Rated Products

CD Recovery Toolbox  

Finds the maximum amount of recoverable information on a damaged disk


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Supports all CD / DVD / BD / HD DVD formats and all common file-systems.
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CDCheck  

Scan most CDs and DVDs, and recover lost files in a full sweep


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Scan CD's, recover CD's, salvage fragments.
This product is free to use but note: the authors state that you should request a free license from CDCheck online (you must register as a CDCheck online user, activate your account, login to CDCheck online and request free license).
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Unstoppable Copier  

Recovers files from disks with physical damage


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free
Small program. Easy to use.
The program isn't guaranteed to recreate every piece of missing data on damaged media, but it's well worth giving it a try.
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CD Recovery Toolbox is now compatible with Windows 7 and 8.