Optical Discs

A range of information and advice on dealing with all types of optical discs from CDs and DVDs through to Blu-ray.

Tips and tutorials on burning, repairing and recovering form disc failures or errors.

A Step by Step Guide to DVD CD or Game Disc Repair

Disc Repair

Disc RepairOn this page I am going to layout what is (hopefully!) a logical set of steps to follow so that you can firstly identify a problem you may be having with an optical disc followed by some steps you can take to correct that problem. The sequence here should apply to just about any situation you have with a DVD, CD or game disc regardless of whether the . . . → Continue reading: A Step by Step Guide to DVD CD or Game Disc Repair

Data Recovery for all Optical Discs Such as DVDs CDs and Game Discs

Isobuster box

Isobuster boxRegardless of what is causing the problem, provided it is not something covered elsewhere on this site, what we first need to do is to get the data off the disc. We cannot manipulate or change the data while it is still on the disc regardless of type so to begin with we are going to use a software program called Isobuster and the good news is that . . . → Continue reading: Data Recovery for all Optical Discs Such as DVDs CDs and Game Discs

How to Clean or Repair Scratched DVDs CDs and Game Discs

clean-repair-scratched-discsThe procedures described here can be used to repair scratched DVDs, Cds and game discs or used for cleaning up dirty, scuffed or marked discs. If you arrived at this page seeking advice on recovering data from a disc that seems to have no physical damage then go to THIS PAGE to get started. If the idea of a “Do It Yourself” solution to repairing your discs seems a . . . → Continue reading: How to Clean or Repair Scratched DVDs CDs and Game Discs

A Step by Step Guide for Dealing With Unfinalized DVD Discs

DVD Finalization

DVD Finalization There are a few possible scenarios that could have led to you having a disc that is unfinalized: For whatever reason you have a disc which a reading device or software is specifically saying is unfinalized. The finalization process was (or you suspect it was) begun on a disc and for some reason failed. In the case of some camcorders or DVD recorders, the disc was still . . . → Continue reading: A Step by Step Guide for Dealing With Unfinalized DVD Discs

A Guide to CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Game Disc Recovery Software

dvd-recoveryOn this page I have outlined and summarized the features of the main software solutions I have used over the years for repairing or recovering data from various types of optical.s discs. Generally speaking there is no real need to discern between software that works for CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs as these days they cover them all. Each example of recovery software listed on this page has it’s . . . → Continue reading: A Guide to CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Game Disc Recovery Software

CD DVD Scratch Repair Machines

When it comes to CD, DVD and game disc repair my weapon of choice is to use a software solution to try and recover the data from the disc first without further interfering with the surface of the disc. Results from a physical intervention on the surface of a plastic disc made of poly-carbonate can be… umm… variable! However there are times when it may be necessary for . . . → Continue reading: CD DVD Scratch Repair Machines

How to Merge or Combine Two Three or More DVDs into One

How to merge or combine DVDs

How to merge or combine DVDsThe subject of this page is specifically for merging or combining two, three or more mini 8cm DVDs into one regular sized DVD retaining the full data and menu structure of the originals with no loss of quality. This procedure can also be used to merge or combine full sized discs into one but it is important to note that doing so will require . . . → Continue reading: How to Merge or Combine Two Three or More DVDs into One

A Guide to Using DVDRemake Pro to Merge or Combine DVDs

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DVDRemake Pro LogoThis tutorial is specific to the action of merging or combining two or more mini 8cm DVDs into one regular sized DVD retaining the full data and menu structure of the originals with no loss of quality using either DVDRemake or DVDRemake Pro. The merge dvds procedure is exactly the same if you are merging or combining full sized DVDs however you will need other software to . . . → Continue reading: A Guide to Using DVDRemake Pro to Merge or Combine DVDs

FixVTS Tutorial to Repair Invalid DVD File and Navigation Structure

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FixVTS LogoThis tutorial is specific to using a very small, free but incredibly powerful utility called “fix VTS” to automatically correct internal errors on a DVD. These errors may cause any number of error messages to appear, all of which are quite meaningless. You may get “invalid DVD navigation,” “disc error,” invalid DVD menu structure,” invalid DVD file structure” or a host of others. If you are getting the . . . → Continue reading: FixVTS Tutorial to Repair Invalid DVD File and Navigation Structure

Blu-Ray and DVD Burning or Copying Software

dvd-blu-rayWhen you consider that all operating systems come with at least basic DVD reading and burning capabilities and that most video editing software programs come with advanced CD, DVD and Blu-ray features the case for owning purpose built disc software is nowhere near as strong as it was in the past. However there are times or circumstances when the need for such software arises so on this page I . . . → Continue reading: Blu-Ray and DVD Burning or Copying Software