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Recover Your Data from Corrupted, Damaged HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc

Updated on August 6, 2016

How to Perform Data Recovery from DVDs

Though these days DVDs are less widely used as they were before, still a DVD is a reliable storage media. Once you get a blank DVD disc, you can store all your favorite movies, recorded videos or even audio memos and more inside. And share with your families or intimate friends whenever needed. However, have you ever suffered from some weird DVD problems, which might cause your precious data lost or inaccessible?

Fortunately with a professional DVD data recovery software, you can easily recover the data in front of your PC or Mac computer without requiring to send the optical disc to a third-party repair center.

Note: besides general DVDs, the below solution can also be used for retrieving files from Blu-ray Discs, HD DVDs, even CDs, etc.

Common DVD Data Loss Scenarios

Oops! I really don't like to see these DVD sufferings. But they may just happen.

  • Over time, the disc is corrupted and you can't access the data stored.
  • DVD showed an error message "read sector error unable to read from the disc".
  • Cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection.
  • The DVD is incorrectly burnt, now all the files got lost.
  • Blu-ray player wouldn't play, getting an error that says playback feature may not be available.
  • And more strange DVD errors.

How to Rescue Inaccessible Data from DVD?

The above DVD errors can occur from a number of issues including corrupted/damaged discs, un-finalized issues. If you have a lot of valuable data stored in it, recovering the data is number one task.

If you don't want to take the risk of leaking out the data to any unauthorized persons, do it yourself! Yes! It is quite possible for you to rescue the data with some powerful data recovery software (see this review for 2016) - which performs a complete recovery of all your important documents, pictures, videos, backups files from from all types of optical media, such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs (BDs), and HD DVDs. You can choose to recover only one disc at a time.

In order to avoid further data disruption, you can use the program to create an equivalent image file from your DVD disc, having the same size and exact contents. The image created using the software serves as a disc backup and yields far better results than the normal recovery process.

Followed is a detailed step by step instruction on how to achieve DIY DVD recovery and get back your lost files, simply on your computer.

Important! - Before You Start

Try not to use the original DVD disc to store more data. Do not perform any read or write operations on the disc. Nor should you let it have any possibility to suffer physical damage. All the precautions are to increase your chances of data recovery.

Recover DVD Data on a Windows PC

First things first - check & make sure the CD-ROM in your computer is working fine.

  1. Download Stellar Windows Data Recovery and install the program on your PC that runs under Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, etc.
  2. Launch the application. And click on "CD DVD Recovery" to continue. Select the option 'open drive' from Drive Menu, then it would prompt you to insert the disc.
  3. Now it will automatically start analyzing the media for all recoverable files. After a while, when the analysis process is complete, preview the found items, recover them.

DVD Data Recovery on Mac Machine

Recovering files from DVD on a Mac (for example, iMac or MacBook Pro etc) is similar to that on a PC, no special skills required.

  • Step 1: Download Macintosh Data Recovery and install the app. Please make sure your Mac runs with OS X 10.6 or above versions, latest OS X El Capitan is also supported.
  • Step 2: Open the app and go to the mode "CD/DVD Recovery". Then follow the screen hints to insert your blu-ray or HD-DVD disc.
  • Step 3: Then start scanning & recovering data from the drive.

What's Your DVD Recovery Stories?

Suffered similar disc corruption, looking for a way to get the data out? Does the above solution give you a hand?

Or had any new problems that this article wouldn't mention? Share your experience by leaving a comment below.

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