I have a totally unscratched 700 MB CD-ROM that always been in its case, but it was on the top of the stack and took some sunlight (from a close window) during months (if not years).
The CD looks like new but the data can't be read. I kept it for years (now in a dark closet) and tested it with all CD/DVD drives I owned (many brands, LG, Asus, Samsung...). None could read the data (after many minutes, Windows tells to insert a CD in the drive as if the CD wasn’t there). Tested it with XP, Vista and 7 with no luck.
I'm sure ultra expensive data recovery services could recover some (if not all) of its data (CD-R is half full). Do I have alternatives? I saw much software who claims that they can recover lost data like this but I'm skeptical.
Anyone have successfully recovered data from a (sunlight) damaged CD-R? If so, how?