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This is a tool to have handy it does what it does and has options others don't have. But what it does do better than all the others is it never gives up. And it never stops to ask what to do like all the other dumb softwares do. Or asks but never applies when do answer, ISOBuster for example had that bug for over two decades it's author knew of it but couldn't be bothered ever to fix it.

WinASPI there are many sure most are for HDD and not Optical Discs but a few are. Such as FrogASPI. Get one of those which are many rename it to WinASPI.dll and place it in ISOPuzzle folder and it will use that instead. Yes the program was made or optimized for Nero WinAPSI.dll but when in need another combination may work.

Also what is good is the flag file which is made as soon as it start recovering a disc. You can the use that in any drive and yes all drives do recover differently that it is said that drives than can first write are better than ROM read only drives. And those can can RW Read Write Discs are better again for data recovery drives.

FLG (flag) file works like this have two drives no matter where they are located on same pc or different PC. To use flag file you place the disc in another drive and select Force Size after the disc has loaded then select to use the flag file. Choose the correct flag file and OK. Then select start it will ask for .ISO image to load.

A. If you have the .ISO file recovered so far it will continue to recover data.

B. With no .ISO present Select OK and will continue but will instead use the flag file what it know has been recovered and from where as A. above does but instead will make and IMP (import file). Which can be later merged to the .ISO that was partially recovered earlier. To do this copy the IMP file to the PC that has the ISO and choose the Import button and continue from there.

It is a huge shame on the developer that IsoPuzzle UI cannot be resized and it is way to small. Which also means the progress bar which is very much needed to be viewed is also very small. If the developer ever continues this should be one of the first fixes that needs to be fixed. The software need to be capable of expanding to full screen and all the UI details fill the screen window. Also make the progress meter larger this is needed.

Also when using with Never Give Up mode a time out and time restart which user can enter manually these time can be entered in UI [ ] manually. The check tick boxes to enable them. This way never give up mode is made so drive can continue forever until it reaches the end or user stops it when they are happy to do so.

Take a break every [60] minutes
Continue after [15] minutes

Some one mentioned the progress jumps around. No that is intended but you don't see the progress bar easily which as said really should be fixed. Full screen UI would make the progress bar fill the screen easier to see. The program does loops of the data to recover it. So read all the data on disc in a loop each pas along the progress bar. To see loop details The Log Window Option on the UI radio buttons increase the verbose to how much info you need. Have just verbose alone shows you the loops how many reads have been found and errors found. That said the error are erratic and don't seem to make sense to me, but that maybe more read found more errors that can be revealed!

The idea of the flag file and the import file functions are so good imagine if other developers also developed their tools to use the same flag and import file from ISOPuzzle visa-versa either way. Then we would have better capability of all optical disc recovery tools. That said the other tools do need to get rid of asking what to do when error is encountered or at least a fully working option do not ask that always remembers that so recover never gives up. When can decide when to pause and then continue later using the flag file. With same software or any other software.

Someone also mentioned disc blew up in a BD drive. Yes I have had that twice since the mid eighties both times because of the same problem. Once with a CD drive and second time with a BD drive. Both times because the disc was defected, which most times many people will fail to notice. A crack in the centre of the disc manufacture defect disc. When that happens speed will blow up the disc and drive cleaning is needed or a new replacement drive. Next time you have such discs don't write them instead return them don't accept single discs replacements as they maybe be damaged by time you get them. Ask for money back they will claim from manufacture and so in turn maybe make in turn manufacture places better checks so doesn't happen in future. If you do have such discs and are written on best try to read them on older drive if have one but use a software than can read at x1 speed slower the the better. There are such tools that can do that I forget but they will be very old tools by now. Also maybe your drive slowest speed for the disc maybe not x1 but x2 so tool needs to work and apply speed you require. ISOPuzzle has the ability to set read speed.

Also it would be great if could add audio disc extraction to ISO file as does with data discs. Copyright is not an issue since we own the discs as we own dvd disc we recover. So ISOPuzzle needs able to extract all modes not just 2048 data mode.

What is missing ISOPuzzle developer and updates.

What is not needed is enforcement of shareware or purchase. Please keep it free fully capable to recover all and every disc with all functions working.

Review by Looking For An Updated Version on Feb 7, 2021 Version: 1.6 + 1.7 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

this tiny size but huge functionality software is amazing .. in the beginning i thought it's a spyware or a crap .. but soon it did what is should do.. thanks a lot programming crew .. U saved my memorial pictures ..

Review by ahmed alasadi on Apr 22, 2020 Version: 1.7 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This is pretty amazing. Using another program (a CD backup program), I tried making an .ISO from a CD -- and it took an hour (normally takes less than 10 minutes), didn't report any errors, and left me with an unusable .ISO file. Using another program (a CD recovery program), in about an hour I was able to get some good files, but still perhaps 20% of the main large file was bad.

With ISO Puzzle, it got all the good (easy to read) sectors in less than 10 minutes, getting down to about 30 bad sectors. After another 10 minutes or so, it got down to 10 bad sectors. It's been running for an hour now, and got 4 more of the bad sectors. I'm hoping to get a full recovery, but if not, it's already done more than the other programs.

If it isn't able to get those last 6 sectors, I'm going to try the "import" function -- this lets you try to read the remaining bad sectors on a different drive. Different drives have slightly different tolerances and such, which might allow the sectors to be read there.

For ASPI.dll, you just need to download it and have it in the same directory as IsoPuzzle.

Review by Scott on Nov 26, 2019 Version: 1.7 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

Rating by Alex on Feb 18, 2019 Version: 1.7 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Worked great! Was using WinCDEmu and kept getting bad sector reads.
Works fine using this program! Thanks!

DLL file here:

Review by Felixrulz on Apr 25, 2018 Version: 1.7 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This program literally spun a DVD so fast that it blew up in my drive. The DVD disc was maybe 10+ years old and I could hear my drive spinning faster than I had ever heard it. After a few minutes of this the disc blew up and sounded like a bullet going off. The disc was of no real importance but I was worried about my LG WH14NS40 BD Burner. After cleaning out the drive it's fine now. So just watch out with this program spinning up your drive too fast. Might just have a problem with BD Drives, idk.

Review by KarMa on Apr 4, 2018 Version: 1.7 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 6/10

Excellent bit of software and does exactly what it says on the tine, just keeps trying and trying and one by one the sectors click off until there's just the completely unreadable left.

Review by EggNChips on Oct 17, 2017 Version: 5.2 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

The program requires wnaspi32.dll and the Nero link is bad. It can be found at: . Works as advertised, though it grinds to a crawl (about 1 KB/sec!) on bad errors so I would not use this for severely scratched discs.

Review by timmus on Nov 7, 2007 Version: 1.6 OS: Win2K Ease of use: 4/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

The concept of marking good/bad sectors using the flag file together with the import function is a great idea !!!
But the app jumps around and thereby introduces lots of read errors itself - on top of this it uses a wast number of pauses up to 8 secs each.


Review by politiken on Sep 6, 2007 Version: 1.6 OS: Win2K Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 5/10

I'm not sure how the author could be any more descriptive when he writes... The goal of this program is to recover as much as possible data of damaged, bad burned or scratched CDs or DVDs. As for your disks not opening, are you sure you have the required WNASPI.DLL file in place?
This program is a God-send. In the past I used to buy inexpensive CDRs and DVDRs. Now I'm paying the price with a good percentage of my old disks being unplayable. IsoPuzzle is the only program that I found that will consistently recover all of the data. I tried using Isobuster which is the program most people recommend and I found it sorely lacking. It either gave up too easily or it filled in what it could not find with zeros rather than keeping at it. IsoPuzzle keeps at it and it does succeed.

Review by Gripweed on Jul 18, 2007 Version: 1.5 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

The author needs to be more specific as to what this program is for. I've thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this program while I was bored a few days ago and it was able to open ZERO discs on either of my drives. New and old(packet writing) data CD's...newly written data DVD +R's and -R's....this program was unable to open ANY of them.

Review by hech54 on Jul 18, 2007 Version: 1.4 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 3/10

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