Data recovery is a frightening prospect, but these days it’s possible to recover lost and deleted files from hard drives for little or no cost thanks to software like Recuva. But when it comes to recovering data from CDs, DVDs and other optical media, while the likes of Recuva are starting to dip their toes into this area, you’re still often better served with a dedicated tool.
CDRoller is one of the better known tools for recovering data from corrupt optical media. The good news is that you don’t have to pay a penny upfront either – the function-limited demo will show you exactly what it can recover before asking you to pay up. You can then decide if the data on the disc is worth the reasonable $39 one-off fee.
CDRoller promises to give you access to all kinds of optical discs, from unfinalized CDs to DVD video. It also offers standard data recovery tools for hard drives and other media too, but its main appeal will be to those looking to recover data from CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
The tool bypasses the standard drivers to attempt to access the raw data on the disc, which may work with some harder to access discs. However, we found it unable to access a damaged disc that rival data recovery tool ISOBuster was able to read successfully.
The user interface is reasonably intuitive – once the drive has been scanned, you’ll see some information guiding you towards recovering data. Then it’s a case of double-clicking the drive to view its contents. If the data you’re looking for isn’t present, click Scan UDF Disc and CDRoller will attempt to locate it.
Once you’ve found your missing data, you can then attempt to recover it – the trial version won’t save anything, but it will scan the files and let you know if they’re readable and recoverable, so giving you the choice of whether or not to shell out for the full version.
CDRoller is a capable enough tool for data recovery, but it’s worth trying ISOBuster first, particularly if CDRoller isn’t able to read the disc in the first place. ISOBuster also offers some limited free recovery tools, but if it’s unable to help, then CDRoller is worth checking out.
Version 11.00.20 brings (changelog):
Added support of high capacity blu-ray discs : BD-R DL and BD-RE DL (Dual Layer, 50 GB), BD-R TL and BD-RE TL (Triple Layer, 100 GB), BD-R QL and BD-RE QL (Quadruple Layer, 128 GB), Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD) discs as well.
The following list of features upgraded to accomodate to the new high capacity optical discs (mentioned above): Recover All / Recover Selected, Drag-and-Drop and File Execution, Save / Resume Recovery, Scan UDF Disc, Examine Sectors / Examine File, Search of disc content, Extract To ISO Image File, View Image, File Properties.
UDF forced scan updated. Added support of discs created by Windows 10 internal burner. Advanced users and data recovery experts can find useful an opportunity to change (simulate) UDF partition parameters after Unknown CD option has been selected in the forced scan list. For example, if you do not know an exact name of CD/DVD mastering program that created your bad disc, but you have the good one created by the same software, you can apply Test Disc option to the good disc and get the partition parameters first. Then, you run the forced scan on the bad disc (with the Unknown CD option), type the values under UDF Scan parameters dialog and find the lost files, simulating the good disc partition.
Main program window with empty CD/DVD drives now appears before analysis of inserted disc, with further messages in the status bar. This looks like a proof of normal work of the program if you've inserted a disc before CDRoller and analysis of bad disc requires an additional time.
Extended Data Recovery updated. Examine Sectors option is now available in the pop-up (context menu) under the Start Window, for the entire disk, logical drive, or selected partition. This allows to search for particular data (content) immediately, without analysis of file system.
Installation procedure slightly changed. After installation, the version number will not be displayed in the Start Menu folder name. For example, you will see a simple CDRoller name instead of CDRoller 11.0. This looks like an useful for future upgrades. Also, the setup program now allows to change CDRoller's location if it's required for saving the older version.
Numerous improvements, bugfixes and workarounds added.