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23rd February 2013, 06:45 AM
I have a few DVDs from amazon with some damage. Audio CDs can be ripped to get past damage by using cdparanoia to read the disk more than once then compare the consecutive reads for equality. Is there something like that so I can read the disks, get a clean final image to put on a new DVD?

23rd February 2013, 11:46 AM
I'll be watching this one pretty close! None that I know of. I've got two DVDs that I need to do this with, and HandBrake completely fails on both of them. There's a difference in DVD+RW Drives, too. My older PATA/IDE DVD burner reads both of these problem disks better, but eventually, both hit a point they just won't go past.

23rd February 2013, 12:27 PM
I've had some DVD's that I couldn't get to play and had success using dvdisaster. It scans the dvd and creates an ISO image. I don't claim to be an expert with the program but it's worked when I needed it. It's in the repos.

23rd February 2013, 07:13 PM
ddrescue can sometimes be useful for getting past damage, but I don't know offhand if it's useful for discs that are copy protected.

26th February 2013, 02:58 AM
Free: Handbrake
Paid: DVDfab, Leawo, AnyDVD, etc

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26th February 2013, 03:07 AM
Nice to meet you too, Bobby. Welcome aboard. Hope you enjoy your time here. First thing, would be to have a read through the forum posting rules. The link is up on the menu bar. That will bring you up to speed on the details. <..:thumb:..>


2nd March 2013, 03:16 PM
Hmmm...though one.

Is it scratch damage?
If so you can try additive or subtractive solutions.
additive meaning you add a coat of something with the same refraction index of the polycarbonate plastic of the DVD and it should in theory allow you to read the data if the scratch didn't reach the data.

subtractive would be the opposite removing material to remove the scratches aka buffing, takes hours.

If all else fails you can try ddrescue it can read from start-end or end-start so it should get a lot of the data out, and if you have access to and identical DVD it can copy that data too using the same logfile.

DVDisaster would be helpful if you did made an ECC before damage than it could recover that data for you.

Both ddrescue and dvdisaster will rescan the damage parts to try and extract good data from it. Which brings the hardware into the spotlight since some optical drives have some enhanced error correction capabilities which may or may not help get more data out of the disks.


But nothing beats backing up your data.

ddrescue -n -b 2048 "/dev/sr0" "movie.iso" "movie.log"
mplayer dvd://35 -dvd-device "movie.iso" -dumpstream -dumpfile "movie.mpeg"

Going a bit of topic, one could possibly use Raid 5/6 and a virtual filesystem to actually get that kind of redundancy.

I digress.

The ultimate desperate attempt would be to get a microscope and actually photograph the data and extract it. so you could use Gimp to recreate missing data if possible.


Well the microscope actually could tell you right away if you could savage anything at all.

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ps: There are some very good resins with great optical properties you can find in the car section, the products to fix cracks in windshields.

This reminds me of all those AOL cdroms they would be great to test all the resins one can find for wood, concrete etc.

12th April 2016, 06:52 PM
Good info dobbi!

EDIT (by Dan): Oops. You really should have known that Karma comes quickly to those who spam.


14th April 2016, 07:27 PM
Well, I use MakeMKV as it's great tool to get past both DVD and BD protections, hassle free.
Handbrake is great for encoding and I used it for DVD rips before, but sadly, there are DVDs that will make HandBrake hopelessly confused. Oz the powerful region 2 release I have here e.g., but there are others.

But if you need to have the movie backup with damaged disc, there is nothing simpler that just get the thing out there somewhere. If you're in country that allows you to have the copy for personal purposes, there is nothing wrong with just grabbing that DVD rip from some torrent site, nothing.

And, of course, it's good to know I'm replying to a 3 year old thread. Nice. :fp:

15th April 2016, 12:47 AM
For software DVDs destined for my desktop (eg, ASUS updates, Drivers, and W10,) I open the case and wrap the 3 DVD with saran wrap and put them into a ziplock bag and taped to the inside case cover.

I have a poor memory, and this is my way of not losing or damaging important things. :)

I even have a spare 1 terrabyte drive sitting on the bottom of the case. I don't need to run 6 drives for a desktop and for testing. My case is the mid-sized version.

15th April 2016, 08:53 AM
Copying/Ripping of any commercial media without the creator or copyright holder's permission is illegal even for backup purposes in some Countries including the UK. So I'd advise caution to sharing any solutions, links to software etc.

The only time you can do so by the letter of the law is if it states on the cover (or in the EULA for software) somewhere you have permission.

It is of course a grey area and there is no way they can actually detect and enforce the law unless you actively flaunt the fact you are copying the discs and/or flog them on ebay as far as I can see.

People have made backup copies of stuff for personal use for years and I can't see that changing any time soon even though it technically is illegal here.

15th April 2016, 10:18 AM
He, in Czech, it's like this. And as with many laws here, it's utterly stupid.

You can have the personal copy, no problem. You just can't use anything to overcome the copy protection. So basically, almost all movies can't be ripped, it would be illegal.

Now, there is another law which states, that if you use some downloaded movie for your own personal use, IT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Do you get this carp?

So ok, don't make the rip, just download it like you don't even own it in the first place, and it's not illegal!

And of course, when there was Chinese president recently, politicians made like Tibet doesn't exist and there were Chinese flags all over the place! Insane s$!t.

15th April 2016, 11:30 AM
And of course, when there was Chinese president recently, politicians made like Tibet doesn't exist and there were Chinese flags all over the place! Insane s$!t.

And, just like that, we've gone over the edge. Another one bites the dust. CLOSED> :dance: