Most of us backup our movies and data on CDs and DVDs, although we are painfully aware this media is not very reliable – it’s just that it is so very cheap. The trouble is that just when you have to restore a certain file from the CD, crummy Windows informs you of a ‘Data error (cyclic redundancy check)’. A great freeware that helps this situation have recently come to my attention, it is called JFileRecovery and it is just amazing.
By default Windows designates a certain amount of time to read sectors off media. When there is a superficial scratch, which slows the reading, Windows often just gives up and refuses to copy the file, just like a five year old child with an ‘all or nothing’ approach. The thing is, most of the times all that is needed is a bit more patience – and other times, especially when restoring a movie, the user is okay with missing some thirty seconds of a two hour film.
This is what JFileRecovery basically does, it quickly copies the entire file, and if it encounters reading issues, it will just ask that you redefine how much time you are willing to allow for the reading of the challenging sectors.
Did I mention it is free?