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 PostPost subject: Problems extracting software from old CDs        Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:58 pm 
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Since I want to contribute to BetaArchive, I searched the deepest darkest corners of my home for old software and made a few finds, but I am not able to extract any of the information on the disks. When I insert them into my PC, it wont read them. The disks are not scratched at all, are in very good condition, and from what I know they have been in storage for more than 12 years now. Is this simply a problem with my PC being too new, or is there really no way of me getting anything off of those disks?


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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old disks        Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:49 am 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old disks        Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:51 am 
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Hmm. First, I guess you mean a floppy disk, with the spelling and all that. If not, make sure you tell us. Any PC with a floppy disk drive should be able to read floppy disks. However, floppies are a very finicky little thing and keeping them in bad storage conditions can destroy the disk. Try a different floppy disk drive, since the drives can be just as finicky as the disks themselves.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old disks        Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:32 am 
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I should probably have clarified that these are CDs. I apologize for not remembering that


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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old CDs        Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:00 pm 
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First check your CD's for aluminum decay. Google Images Examples If none, get Alcohol 120 and set read speed to 1x while following archiving guidelines. Check for errors during process. If none, mount image and see if you can run the programs.

Older CD's can't be read at 2x, 4x or whatever faster x speed there is nowadays. I encountered this issue with my CD's as well. And please do describe what "issues" you encounter while reading the discs. Messages, explorer doesn't see it, etc.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old CDs        Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:54 pm 
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If it's a CDR then chances are they've already deteriorated so much that you cannot recover anything from them; especially early CDRs (the golden or green looking ones, or some of the early blueish/silvery ones too) are very prone to failure. Try holding it up towards a light source, press your eye against it and try looking through. The more you see thourh, the thinner the recording layer, and generally the worse the quality of the CDR.

OTOH, if they are pressed CDs there shouldn't be any problems no matter how old they are. I have early Audio CDs from the eighties which are still perfectly playable today without any deterioration whatsoever

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 PostPost subject: Re: Problems extracting software from old CDs        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:31 pm 
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I have an LG DVD Writer opn my desk PC and sometimes it cannot read CDs. :( I have found that my laptop's DVD writer handles those unreadable CDs perfectly.

SO, try reading your CDs on another PC, it might help. :D

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