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    Dealing with read errors on scratched DVD's while importing games to a USB hard drive

    Hi.
    Today, I followed the guide on WiiHacks and, for the first time, my Wii is running the Homebrew Channel and various loaders. Thanks to all who contributed!

    My kids have been using our game disks for a while and they are quite scratched, so I'm trying to import them through the various loaders to a USB hard drive (WD 1TB), but some of the DVD's experience read errors due to damage.

    Here's what I've experienced with the different loaders.

    1) USB Loader GX (v3.0r1209): When it encounters a problem area on a DVD, it slows down, continues to read, and eventually reaches 100%. It reports everything is OK.
    2) WiiFlow (v4.1): Reads cleanly up to the problem area (eg: 75%) then immediately jumps to 100% and reports everything is OK (presumably skipping the rest of the import).
    3) Configurable USB Loader (v70r51): Reads cleanly up to a problem area, reports read errors, then gives up with a failure.
    4) NeoGamma (vR9b56): Frightens me - can't figure out how to do anything with it. Maybe it doesn't do imports.

    My questions:

    What do experts think is the best tool/loader for importing games from damaged DVD's?

    Are any of the tools redundant in their attempts to read back from damaged areas?

    Can any of the tools be enticed to retry damaged sectors at a later date?

    Are there other tools available to Wii Homebrew which are better at recovering information from damaged disks?

    Much thanks.
    p.s. These game disks are all original, authentic and legitimately purchased.
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    Unfortunately if the disc is damaged then the loaders will read them as they are, the best thing u could do is try some disc repair alternative or even borrow or hire the game off someone else and back it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pob3008 View Post
    Unfortunately if the disc is damaged then the loaders will read them as they are, the best thing u could do is try some disc repair alternative or even borrow or hire the game off someone else and back it up
    True. Fixing the disk is a good idea. I was hoping for a discussion on the merits of different loaders and the possibility of other recovery tools though. For instance, two of the three loaders report successful imports when it is likely that read errors occurred. That might concern some people - how can you trust your game images?

    A good recovery tool might be able to extract as much info as possible from a disk and maybe retry bad sectors. The same tool might retry only the bad sectors at a later date after some attempts to clean the disk. I could even imagine an effort to create a PAR2 recovery database to help folks rebuild any bad sectors on their game images.

    Just some thoughts; but which tool would you trust your game imports to?

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