ISOBuster is data recovery software for Windows that has been around for a long time, but it is regularly updated and users love it. I was recently transferring some client-made DVDs to MPG4 when I discovered a number of the disks could not be read by any machine. I did some quick research and discovered a program called ISOBuster.

They claim it will recover files from CD, DVD, HD DVD or Blu Ray disc, Hard Drive, Floppy, USB, Flash Drive, Media Card, SD, SSD, MMC and many more. It was not a free program and I went for the professional version for $64. But it worked! The program is a bit technical, but not that hard. And it paid for itself on the first job. Their website is helpful and easy to use.

Some of the user reviews for this program:
“Highly recommended for data recovery. I’ve rescued data from a dying HDD when no other software could read from them. Worth purchasing and support it great.”

“Indispensable recovery software for any DVD, CD, BD owner.”

“This is where ISO Buster came in. Astonishingly it was able to read back the contents of 9-year-old disks with paper labels even when all other methods refused to recognize that the disks even held any data. OK, I realize that those video files are no longer bit perfect copies of the original – because every one was marked by ISO Buster with an X after extraction, but they play perfectly.”