4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (98 votes)


Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 63,626 downloads

CDCheck is an application that checks your CD-ROM and tells you which files are corrupted. It can also do a binary compare with copy on disk. It is especially useful for testing old CDs or just burned CDs to see if they are OK. If some files are corrupted that means it would be wise to move your data to some other media or copy it on another CD.

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  • Limitations

    Yes - 30 day timeout

Reviews of CDCheck

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 11, 2010)

    I use alot of freeware but I rarely write comment on anyone. But I really want to write a comment on CD check..coz it really work! I got a VCD which has a serious scratch mark what had been done by my 1.6 year old son (well he just played the VCD like UFO..nothing much) and his most favorite Elmo VCD could not be read at all. I used a lot of freeware or shareware, trying to convert or copy to my PC..all said they were the best however the VCD still couldnt pass through and kept loading on the scratch mark. But when I used CD Check, it successfully read the VCD and copied to my PC without hanged! Thanks BN you really do a good job! and It is Free!

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 29, 2008)

    Yes & Free. Just need to register this app.
    I picked it up because I just received a DVP for
    xmas, & had a loved anime series burned on about 50 Cdr's.
    I wanted to load them back to my pc to create long play file DVD's all in avi format to play on my DVP to watch on tv.
    10 dvd's beats the hell out of 50 cdr'
    Well I ran into several discs with read errors & that sucked.
    Now i would have an incomplete series.

    This great app rescued my video files.
    As I write this review I am loading my rescued avi files to dvd..
    This is a must have app..

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 7, 2008)

    It is FREE for personal use.....

  4. 2 out of 5 stars
    Scary Guy

    Reviewing (Oct 6, 2008)

    30 day timeout /= freeware

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 5, 2008)

    CDCheck is available on CDCheck website.

    Comment: This version brings only a few small changes. The most important are probably better default settings for buffers which should speed up CDCheck.

    List of changes in
    * new better default buffer settings
    * languages added / improved
    * when entering registration code spaces are ignored
    * when using /gcompare reference directory can also be specified
    + wav handling string appended (not yet supported when checking)
    - fixed a small bug in hash error reporting
    - saved items history now accepts zero (no history)


  6. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 10, 2008)

    Publisher's Homepage should be updated to

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 9, 2007)

    I never had problems with CDCheck. Essential after burn my backups!

  8. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 23, 2006)

    killed my lg 8521b cdrom while scanning.

    get away from this prog. i m not lying.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 16, 2006)

    Have been using it for years.
    ..and Free...

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 11, 2006)

    Wow, really great software!

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2006)

    The leader in it's class. Yes, it is FREEWARE but you can make a donation at your own choosing.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 30, 2006)

    Get you lazy a** dumba** and look at cdcheck website to get free license !!! Its awesome program, if you burn cd's you'll need this without doubt ! It have hash making and checking of file on cd, comparing with source bit after bit so you exactly know that your cd is error free and is 1:1 copy of iso or files on hdd! I'll even make it easier so you don't have to search Registration is free and fast, and you get your own free key. "CDCheck ONLINE! is an online repository of CDCheck related information. Currently it offers storage of information about CD manufacturers, CD Media types and quality of them. It is also used for free license code distribution. Registration with CDCheck ONLINE! is needed if you wish to use Media info synchronization!" NO SPYWARE/ADAWARE OF ANY KIND IN PROGRAM

  13. 1 out of 5 stars
    Scary Guy

    Reviewing (Jan 27, 2006)

    ArabianNight is right, if it has a timeout, it's not really freeware. I don't feel free with limitations.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 18, 2005)

    As already said, you can get free license for a life time :D I have used this program already for years, its must be for everyday burning, check (compare) your cd before you delete it from hdd !!!

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 17, 2005)

    Yes, it is freeware, timeout not withstanding. You must license it after 30 days, but there is a FREE license option for personal use. To quote the website:

    "If you decide not to purchase a license, you should request Free license from CDCheck ONLINE!"

    This is an unusual policy, surely, but not an entirely unheard of one, and not one that would justify a minimal rating, for the application is quite good at what it does.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 2, 2005)

    This program is a real freeware, it's just after 30 days you have to get a free registration code on the site.
    And it's really a great program, perfect to see if the cd will have reading problems, which is really useful for audio cds you will use for parties for example.

  17. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 1, 2005)

    Freeware with 30 day timeout??? wtf?

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 4, 2005)

    An alright utility. There is also VSO Inspector though (also freeware) although now I prefer CD-Check.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 3, 2005)

    I have used for quite a while and like the program. As has been stated before it does what it does and no more. As for licensing and such, I am still using the version prior to this one, and after the 30 days all I did was answer a question that popped up, and it is free for personal use only. No problems at all.

  20. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 20, 2004)

    This is still freeware for personal use. You can register with 15982849.

    I give it a "1" because the fonts display as inscrutably tiny on my system. I've never seen such a thing before.

  21. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 10, 2004)

    Does what it claims, but no more : when it says your data has turned corrupted, there is nothing to be done to repair it, even with all the hash files computed before. (some tools do it, but are quite unstable)

    BTW, I found it more user friendly and stable than many other similar tools.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 14, 2004)

    devilrider -- I have no idea what you are talking about, it is still free??

    This is from the CDCheck homepage - "CDCheck can be used freely for personal, educational use as long as you are not making any money with data being CRCed, checked or recovered. Otherwise please register it to support further development of CDCheck. "

  23. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 19, 2004)

    Good tool, but for me not worth to by due 1-2 times usage / year.

    CDCheck is no longer freeware due to large amount of time spent on this project and expenses during development. I would like to encourage you to purchase the program license if you like it even if you are not obliged to buy the license by the rules specified below.

    Personal Licence 10$

  24. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing RC2 (Jul 18, 2004)

    Not freeware but unregistered 30 day trial. Worked ok on 1 cd but have uninstalled

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 22, 2004)

    Nice program, already helped me to find out that my last backup cd i burned was ready to go to the trash.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing RC1 (Feb 3, 2004)

    Is it just me or the executable downloaded gives you an error when you try to open it up. I tried it on winxp and win2000 machine. But I downloaded the zip file from their site and it works fine.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 19, 2004)


  28. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 9, 2003)

    It's 5 mainly for freeware program. if they downgrade it to even shareware/adware, this will go straigth to bin as many prog. do the same thing, MD5Sum is the best and even give more reliability.

  29. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 10, 2003)

    This is a great piece of software, but from the information posted on the home website, this current version would appear to be quite buggy and for testing purposes only. Download the previous version to try - don't download this beta to try and then whinge about how it doesn't work for you! Make sure you download the previous version if you want a working copy. Otherwise, this is excellent - please keep up the good work!

  30. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 10, 2003)

    Very useful indeed.

    Kar tako naprej ;-)

  31. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 17, 2003)

    Very useful. Excellent software. And it's FREE! :)

  32. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 9, 2002)

    Great program to check. For backup Try Acronis TrueImage Deluxe too.

  33. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 7, 2002)

    Great little program, found errors in a CD i thought was fine, a very important backup CD I have. It was able to restore most of the problem files, and I was able to fix the rest manually. The problems could have got worse as time went on, luckily I had this program. By the way, the shot on betanews is OLD.

  34. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 25, 2002)

    OK app - good thing free, since FC /B in a command window is just as handy for free although a little more effort. :)

  35. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 20, 2001)

    I make copies of my original CD installation programs just like I did when I used only floppies (dated, or what?). You know the feeling you get when you're trying to recover from a 3-CD set of Ghost Backup disks, only to find that halfway through the 3rd CD, you get a CDR101 error? How about me, two weeks ago.
    Wish I'd had this program then. I just now d/l, and tried it, comparing files from a CD Install disk I copied to my H/D, with a Copy CD in my CD-Rom. It does what it says it does, and quickly. I'm hoping it's not lying, because it told me I had no errors. I feel a LOT more confident about having to use the copy for reinstallation.
    Great little program with no installation files, just drop the unzipped folder in Program Files and make a shortcut to wherever.
    Thanks! Oh, yeah, FREE is GREAT !! (personal users only)

  36. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 20, 2001)

    Looked interesting. Issues:

    1) It tried to install itself outside of Program Files (why do people do this???)
    2) Blew up during install
    3) Blew up when run


  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 6, 2001)

    This was very helpful for me in determining which disc I had made using EAC. With 2 versions of the same music (one original & 1 re-mastered), I verified a complete match vs. a complete mismatch.

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 5, 2001)

    Finally works on Windows 2000!
    Still waiting for the recover function.

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