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Rescuing tracks from a non-finalized CDr

Discussion in 'Recording' started by JoeH, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. JoeH

    JoeH Distinguished Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    I hope the title says it all. I was recently doing a live session when someone (literally) kicked out the plug of an HHB Burn-it CDr machine.

    There's about 15-20 minutes of music/audio on the disc but as you can imagine, it was shut off incorrectly (to say the least!) with the plug removed so abruptly. We powered it back up, and it tried to do a "Repair" function, but so far no luck.

    The data is visible on the disc; it did write SOMETHING, but since we're not able to finalize it now, it's not readable on other CDroms, etc. When I try to view the material on a CD-ROM, it reads empty/blank, nothing at all. (No ini or boot sector?)

    Any ideas on this? Is there software that lets you go back and extract or finalize the dics?

    It's not the end of the world, but it would be nice to save this, esp if it ever happens again.

    Thanks for any help/ideas.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Ouch. If the data is one continuous track you may be out of luck. If you had several tracks finished but not finalized you may be able to use a program like or similar to "Get Data Back." Then you'd probably only lose the one track recording at the time of the unfortunate accident. In the best of all worlds the CDR would be able to finalize the disc after a few tries.

    Good luck.
  3. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I wouldn't bet money on it.

    CD-rw maybe, not a cd-r. Once it trashes out, it's a coke coaster.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    I'm afraid you're probably out of luck. You would need the ability to make the CD drive disregard it's normal procedure.

    I'm not saying it's impossible, but you would need to enlist a geek of the highest magnitude. Even then there's no telling how corrupted the data stream will be with it ending so abruptly.

    Good luck, if you find a way I'd love to know how you did it.
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    There are data recover companies that can do this for you. If the material is worth the effort, spend the money.
  6. davidblair

    davidblair Guest

    I just this happen without losing power.... Kind of random. I was recording tracks to disc from the RCA input when after using the pause button I got the "repair" message, followed with "check disk", and then "new disk". WTF? I have had other strange and unexplainable issues with this unit. I also own an HHB 960 which I find more dependable. The Burnit model has the handy feature of adjusting record levels while using a digital patch, the main reason I bought it. Neither unit can read the ruined disk BTW. The Burnit has failed for me while recording live several times (my own band performance), even while using HHB brand disk blanks.
    So I always record to DAT for live stuff. Sorry to hear about your loss man, I came here looking for help too.

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