Read and backup data from scratched CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs with AnyReader

Anyone with children has this problem – you’ve got CD/DVD’s running around the house without the protection of their jewel cases, and they’re scratched beyond belief. Disc Doctors and other physical repair tools are great for optical discs, but not for other faulty media like floppies, hard drives and flash drives.  This is the reason why I like AnyReader. It’s a must have data utility for Windows.

AnyReader copies files from scratched CD/DVD/Blu-ray or defective floppy or hard disks. When your computer is unable to copy files from a damaged disk it aborts and deletes the part of the file it has copied. AnyReader will continue copying the file right to the end. Any data that hasn’t been recovered after several retries is replaced with blanks. This will allow you to effectively read every byte of information that can be read at all for the media in question so that it can be copied to the destination of choice.

AnyReader effectively copies corrupt data from erroneous network and/or internet connections if standard copying methods fail. It supports resumed downloads from the remote server if the connection was broken during the copy process.  This is especially useful for unreliable or spotty Wi-Fi networks.

AnyReader is an awesome tool. If you’re trying to pull data off corrupt or damaged discs or media and nothing else you do seems to work, AnyReader is the type of application that can save your bacon. Its affordable and reasonably priced and is a welcomed edition to my stable of utilities.  The only real downside to the app is that it won’t work with Macs or Mac discs. This would be a stone-cold ringer if it was a multi-platform utility.

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Edit binary files and raw disk sectors with HXD Hex Editor

Every now and again, I bump into the need to edit a compiled file.  This is often some kind of executable or other resource file that I don’t have the source or an appropriate compiler for. Finding an appropriate editor that’s easy to use and reasonably priced isn’t as easy as you might think.  That’s why I like HXD Hex Editor. It’s a binary editing tool for Windows.

HXD is a fast hex editor that handles binary files of any size.  Additionally, the application also allows you to perform raw disk editing as well as modifying the contents of your computer’s RAM.   It’s easy to use interface features search and replace, exporting, checksums/digests, and insertion of byte patterns.  It also offers a file shredder, concatenation or splitting of files, statistics and more.

Editing a binary file with HXD Hex Editor works like in any text editor.  Its functions are streamlined to hide differences that are purely technical.  Drives and memory are presented as a file and are shown as a whole, unlike other editors which may limit data on the screen to a sector/region-limited view that cuts off data which potentially belongs together. Drives and memory can be edited the same way as a file, and includes support for undo. Memory-sections that define a foldable region and inaccessible sections are hidden by default.

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