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Technology Bytes
by Francine Brokaw

IsoBuster from Smart Projects

I always suggest backing up data in order to avoid losing anything in a computer crash. But what happens when you back up your data to a disc and something happens to the disc?

Letís say you have saved your important files on a CD-RW and you want to retrieve a file. You put your disc into the drive but the system wonít recognize the files or you get a message saying the file is corrupted. Does that mean you have lost your files? Your first inclination might be to think the files are gone forever. But think again. If you have IsoBuster, you will most likely be able to retrieve the damaged file and save it somewhere else.

IsoBuster is a data recovery program that will ease your mind and stop you from smashing your computer or running for a valium when you discover your data is corrupted. If you donít have the program installed when this happens, donít worry. You can download the program and use it even after you discover there is a problem with your back-up disc.

IsoBuster is an easy-to-use program that doesnít require a PhD to work. Once the program is installed, which by the way is a breeze, simply insert your damaged CD or DVD disc into the drive and let IsoBuster scan the contents. It will scan for files and folders and list the contents of the disc. When it finds the files that have been damaged or corrupted (the ones you werenít able to extract normally), it puts a little ď+Ē next to it and you then have the option of running the file or extracting it to another location. The program is very upfront and lets you know exactly what your options are. It has an easy to read screen and the help files are first rate.

Youíll be surprised how quickly you will be able to retrieve your files through this program. And you thought they were lost completely! This is a must-have for anyone who uses CDs or DVDs. The program supports CD-i, VCD, SVCD, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-R, CD-RW,DVD-ROM, DVCD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW discs. It can find lost UDF files and can extract CD/DVD images, tracks and sessions from all your media. Even if youíve used a drag-to-disc program like Direct CD, IsoBuster will be able to read the files.

IsoBuster works with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP & Windows NT 4.0. It is downloadable from This is a free download and youíll be able to use the program to see what is on your discs, however in order to get the full use of data recovery, you need to buy a license. The program license costs $25.95. Thatís not much to pay for peace of mind and the knowledge that your data can be retrieved if something goes wrong. And take it from me. Eventually, something will go wrong. No matter how careful you are, things happen and in order to avoid a catastrophe and loss of your important data or your family photos, you need to be prepared. IsoBuster is a quick, easy-to-use program that will help you recover data and images from a damaged disc.

© 2005 Francine Brokaw

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