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    i took it out of the drive 2 look @ it and it looked a little bent/warped. i tried 2 play w/it and it cracked from the middle out. it is still in one piece though. i have some information that a CD repair kit might work. i just want to get the data that isn't on the crack off of the CD...i'm not holding my breath though...

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    What information is saved to a CD, HD, or anthing else files don't save in "spots" on the CD. One file is spread to thousands of different places on the CD. When you decide you want a file, the CD ROM puts all those pieces back together for you and you've got your file back. There will be no information on the rest of the CD you can recover. There are most likely little pieces of every file on the the cracked portion of the cd. Even if you could get it to run correctly, the CD will skip. It's the same as like music CDs. It'll get to a certain spot and just get stuck and won't even get a chance to look at the whole CD. I'm pretty sure CD's save information from the inside out, so that makes your objective even more pointless being as how that is where the crack is, and the cd is gonna get stuck on the first track.

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    Default Reading a cracked CD

    anybody know how 2 trick a CD-ROM or CD-RW into reading a cracked CD? the crack extends out from the center (very bad i know)...

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    You may want to think twice about putting it in the CD-ROM. If it comes apart in the drive you may be looking for a new CD-ROM drive too. I had a CD that wouldn't read, it came out still spinning when I ejected it. I couldn't grab it fast enough, went spinning across the floor at warp speed. After it bounced off the wall and stopped I chucked it in the circular filing cabinet.

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    Do not put that CD into your CD drive. Perfectly good CD's have been known to shatter into thousands of pieces in high speed drives, so your drive, no matter what the speed, is very likely to destroy that CD and itself if you put it in and try to use it.

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    Just put some of the handyman's secret weapon on it! "Duct tape"
    Just kidding don't do it!!
    Even if you put it in an old 2X CD-ROM so it didn't self district, I doubt you could can read it with the crack in it anyway.

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    I doubt very much that you will be able to read it so there is no point in sacrificing any driver however crap. What I want to know is how you actually managed to crack a CD so severely!!

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    The cd is written and read from the center out. The file location info would be first. And like Shiznit stated the files could be scattered about the cd in random order. Your chances of reading anything are pretty slim while the chances of destroying your CD-ROM drive are very high. I know it's tempting but I don't think it's worth the risk. Mail it to somebody you don't like

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    has anyone ever used cd repair paste w/any positive results? i saw some in the store and it has been suggested as a possible solution...

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    Wow. I didn't know the chances of ruining the CD-ROM drive was so high. I broke my SC Broodwar disc a while back. It was also cracked from the center all the way out. I scotch taped the crack and put some tape on the other side to balance the wight and tried it a few times. I guess I was lucky nothing happened, whew...

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    my friend was playing diablo two and all of a sudden... KABOOOMM!!!!!

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    DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR OWN CD DRIVE...

    there are people who do that kind of stuff for you with big expensive machines, and do stuff like recovering HD info. go search on ******.ontrack********** if you are willing to pay something like 100 bucks for recovery of data, im not sure that it would be worth it.

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    i may try the scotch tape...

    how about the paste though, anybody ever try it?


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    even if it does READ the cd, which it probably wont and you risk ruining your CD drive, it will not read it correctly and i'm willing to bet windows wont even OPEN it. There are certain programs that you can get to recover data from bad disks. I still wouldnt try it

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    I'd listen to these guys TechMD, they know what they're doin.

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    has anyone tried the paste w/any success? that's what i want to know. replacing a CD-ROM or CD-RW is no big deal from a cost perspective...

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    Damn dude, how important is this CD to you? Porn? Government info? making you go through all this trouble... I wouldn't try paste.. if you think about it, since it's a cracked CD (btw, is it like, completely in half?), ur drive would run harder trying to read it, thus causing the paste to become soft or even melt, so if anything, I wouldn't try paste... same goes for scotch tape. A thing about the scotch tape idea btw, if it's a cracked cd, it usually means that the information place (the shiny thing covering the cd) can be easily taken off... if you put scotch tape on it and it doesn't work... removing it might cause a bigger problem.

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    i guess no one has used the paste. your scenario is a bit off. that's like suggesting glue will not hold once it is dry because you put it somewhere that will get pulled, like a cup handle...


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    Personally I would use a strong clear tape on the top non read side spanning the crack, and a strong thin clear tape around the hole in the center, where there is no data on read and non read side, possibly crazy glue on the very edge of the cd spanning the crack and on the inside around the hole on the non read side glueing the crack together DO NOT use crazy glue accelerator, you got nothing to lose, however don't use it in a nice cd rom of course because if you haven't doe it right it may become the equivalent of a nija star. then use isobuster to try to recover the data. hope this helps. by the way I am a computer tech, if you need more help pm me ciao
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    Default Re: Reading a cracked CD

    I have a CD that I hadn't ripped yet and it had a crack from the centre to about halfway through track 5, and the computer couldn't read it in digital mode, and it was iffy for analogue (like you'd get from a real CD player), but four CD-ROM's later, and I got the first five tracks ripped, and there's no pops or skips. The rest of the 21 tracks ripped digital at 24-37x.

    My current DVD±RW drive and AudioGrabber v.1.83 with LAME Encoder will read through most of the label/foil scratches and tiny holes and such. About 95% of the time, you can't tell there was one.
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