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I have a rather large file on a cd that I want to copy to my harddrive, but the file seems to be located on a damaged area of the cd...I can copy about half of the file before i get a data read error.

There are a total of 11 files on the cd and I got 10 of them copied to my hardrive except for the last one which also happens to be the biggest. I wana get this file to my hardrive so I can burn it on a new cd but cant seem to get it... Is there a way to do this?

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It's been a long time since I've seen them, but there used to be kits to polish the bottom of a CD to help with this kind of problem. The actual data is near the top side of the CD platter, so a modest amount of polishing can take place without damaging the data. Several folks have told me that polishing with toothpaste does an excellent job, apparently some brands have just enough abrasive to do the trick. Here's a link on home remedies: http://www.usbyte.com/index_recovery.htm#CD
 
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You can usually take the CD to a gaming store that sells used CD games and ask them if they have a polishing machine. They charge about $3.00 to polish it up like brand new.
 

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Never thought about someone having professional facilities to do this, I'll have to keep it in mind. :D
 
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I take my kids games to these places to be cleaned up. There are a few that I haven't been able to make operational copies of so I just restore them this way. Of course they can only polish so much before the CD is useless.
 

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I did a search on "CD polishing service" and found a while bunch of places, as well as people selling professional polishers. Never knew all this stuff was so active, but it makes perfect sense. :)
 

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I usually use Rain X on my scratched up Cds. I just pour it on, let the cd dry, and them buff it out with a cotton swab or something. It doesn't last forever but it works long enough to get what you need off of the CD.

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