How to Fix the Bad Sectors on a DVD

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How to Fix the Bad Sectors on a DVD
Bad DVD sectors will reduce the playability of the disc. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

Copying DVDs has some dangers, especially in regards to bad sectors. Bad sectors are damaged portions of DVD data that occur during the copying process. Some DVD manufacturers put instructions on the DVD that create bad sectors during the copying process to prevent piracy. Although bad sectors will prevent the playing of a DVD, there are plenty of free software applications available that remove bad sectors from DVDs, allowing you to watch your burnt DVD without any hassle or cost.

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Things you need

  • Data recovery software
  • DVD drive

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  1. 1

    Place the corrupted DVD into your computer and allow it to load.

  2. 2

    Open your free DVD recovery tool, such as Recovery Tool Box for DVD on Windows or IsoBuster for Mac.

  3. 3

    Select the disc from the side menu on either program.

  4. 4

    Read the DVD to find the errors on the disc. Hit the recovery button to fix the bad sectors.

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