Originally Posted by Laserfan
I said Nero Disc Speed wouldn't read my disc; neither would ImgBurn (started erroring somewhere near the layerbreak). So make room for me on the "Warner sucks" bandwagon! I had just pulled a random movie I had laying here (Bullitt) and it failed...
Well, I am rather astonished this morning. Having found a bad software CD-RW the other day, I applied IsoPuzzle to it and was able to recover the data. On a whim, I plugged-in my (very defective) Bullitt HD DVD and it recovered the whole thing! Or at least, it appears that the entire movie and menus/extras are intact though I haven't of course been able to watch each/every second of it. But this is remarkable and very unexpected; I sure didn't expect IsoPuzzle to even acknowledge (read) my HD-DVD much less succeed in recovering it.
IsoPuzzle makes a .iso file on your hard drive, and works & works to read everything on a disc for as long as you want, including giving your optical drive "cooldown" breaks. Oddly, the .iso of Bullitt that it created is slightly LARGER than the original, but the bloody thing plays on my PC (after mounting as a virtual drive) where the original does not!
The "bad" HD-DVD can't of course be replicated as-is, with menus et al, I do know how to remake the movie (and any extras) into BD or DVD and will do so now at my leisure given the .iso is safely on my hard drive.
EDIT: Oops, I tried to extract the main movie from the .iso and there remain errors in it that confuse my tools. So it's not going to work for that purpose (and proves again the "skipping around the disc" is not a valid way to find errors). Nice tool anyway, I could get the extras off of it if I wanted.