Corrupt Photo CD – COMP.dat / Content.dat

Hi, Just been handed a CD that contained a lot of photos. The person in question took them on the CD to a supermarket photo printer. Inserted the CD and there is now just 2 files visible a file called CONTENT.DAT (0.16KB) and a COMP.DAT file at 160MB. If I look at the CD using ISOBUSTER I see just one session and the 2 files. The CD obviously wasn't closed - any ideas on how to recover?

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o First clean the surface of the disc with a soft lint-free cloth. You can use a gentle detergent (or rubbing alcohol) if there are some grease spots. Make sure there are no finger prints or dust particles. Don’t scrub too hard as you may do more harm than good this way.
o Now apply some toothpaste or polish on the scratched surface. It is best to start with a minimum amount of either, or else you will have your work really cut out trying to buff away the remainder.
o Now rub gently with a cloth moving from the center outwards.
If you did a good job, you will actually see the scratch diminishing, or if it was a faint one, it might just disappear.
The success with this method varies greatly. It is hit and miss. I have had an equal amount of successes and failures. Sometimes it works allowing you to even read data from that part, other times it is of no use at all.

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  • ToddN2000
    Is it a CD or CDRW. If it's a CD that is a write once read many disc. The data would have to be corrupted at the time the disk was created or the disk has become damaged over time. If it is a CDRW these allow data to be re-written many times. It may be possible that the computer at the supermarket did something. I have not used one so I do not know how the interface works. If it is a CDRW and you did a cut and paste of the pictures to the folder to print the photos you may have gotten rid of them inadvertently.
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  • Brijesh
    Then hopefully i think the files are corrupted or while transferring to CD the files may be affected.
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