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Old 08-05-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Last year I had to wipe and reload my hard drive (well actually my employer did it)... so I saved a bunch of stuff onto CD's.

I have one disc that has ALL my photos on it.. and I had misplaced it. Recently found it and it was dusty and dirty (yeah, I know, should have had it in the case!)... and when I try and view the pics that are in individual folders it crashes.

I can see some of the photos but when I try and open a folder or view a pic individually or copy any of them, it freezes.

Is this toast? Is there a way to copy the pics to the hard drive or another disc that I'm overlooking?

TIA
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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Try starting the PC in Safe Mode.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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Last year I had to wipe and reload my hard drive (well actually my employer did it)... so I saved a bunch of stuff onto CD's.

I have one disc that has ALL my photos on it.. and I had misplaced it. Recently found it and it was dusty and dirty (yeah, I know, should have had it in the case!)... and when I try and view the pics that are in individual folders it crashes.

I can see some of the photos but when I try and open a folder or view a pic individually or copy any of them, it freezes.

Is this toast? Is there a way to copy the pics to the hard drive or another disc that I'm overlooking?

TIA
If you are talking about a CD that is having freezing and read errors there are some remedies that can help a slightly damaged CD. Look around on th net for CD/DVD repair products. If the damage is relegated to the protection coating (scratched, nicked, etc...) you may be able to apply a compound which will fill in the scratches and allow the laser to get a clear path to the pit and land reads. If not and the actual data layer is damaged, then you may be out of luck, but if it is that important, it may be worth a try.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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One thing I mentioned in an earlier post is that if you can find a Hastings or Gamestop, they can buff the CD for a small fee...maybe a couple of dollars at Hastings and I heard five dollars at Gamestop. Might try that before using a do-it-yourself remedy. There might be other places I don't know about.
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Last year I had to wipe and reload my hard drive (well actually my employer did it)... so I saved a bunch of stuff onto CD's.

I have one disc that has ALL my photos on it.. and I had misplaced it. Recently found it and it was dusty and dirty (yeah, I know, should have had it in the case!)... and when I try and view the pics that are in individual folders it crashes.

I can see some of the photos but when I try and open a folder or view a pic individually or copy any of them, it freezes.

Is this toast? Is there a way to copy the pics to the hard drive or another disc that I'm overlooking?

TIA
1. Check for scratches, especially around the hub of the CD. Buff out or use a clear wax to fill in.
2. Try the CD in a different CD drive. Some are better than others.
3. Try making a copy. Chances are it will fail, but hope and all that.
4. Try using data recovery tools.
5. Go in with a hex editor and try to figure out what is going on.

My guess is that the directory structure was damaged, but the actual photos may be fine and living in limbo.
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