I’ve had the misfortune of losing data several times due to hardware failure (and due to the lazyness to back up data).  Here is a nice little program that may save your ass in the event of a data loss due to hardware failure or physical damages. AnyReader can read corrupted or damaged CDs, DVDs, LAN-Drives, flash memory, ZIP disks and floppy disks and recover the data which the operating system is unable to read. If you are getting CRC errors while trying to copy data from your discs or if it takes an unusually long time to copy data from/to your discs, try using AnyReader. I wouldn’t say that this app would work miracles and recover data from a smashed up hard drive but it sure does work is less serious cases.


Developer Description

Effectively copies corrupt data from any type of disks or erroneous connections if standard copying methods fail. AnyReader supports resumed downloads from the remote PC if the connection was broken during the copy process (especially useful for unreliable Wi-Fi networks). AnyReader is great for copying files from scratched CD/DVDs or defective floppy/hard disks. Normally when your computer is unable to copy files from a damaged disk it will abort and delete 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.

Here are some situations where AnyReader can help:

  • Your CD/DVD drive can't read bad, scratched or trashed disks;
  • The standard copying method fails because of an error, such as "(Bad CRC) A cyclic redundancy check (CRC) checksum error occurred", "Cannot read from the source file or disk", an unknown error or a bad disk;
  • You have 2 bad copies of a file that you would like to put right;
  • You can't download a file across wireless LAN because of a bad connection;


  • Reads files from disks with physical damage.
  • Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data.
    • Reads data as much as possible.
  • Reads data from the erroneous network connections. It supports resumed downloads from the remote PC if connection was broken during the copy process.
  • Support file sizes up to file system limits.
  • Easy to use, intuitive wizard-driven interface.
  • Supports all modern Windows versions, including Windows® NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.
  • and many more!

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  1. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 9/27/2008 12:55:00 AM  
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