Reading raw data from disc

Grant Edwards grante at
Mon Dec 13 23:28:08 CET 2004

On 2004-12-13, Ivo Woltring <TheDolphin at> wrote:

> Is it possible to read e.g. the first 3 sectors of a disc
> without opening a file or somesuch?

Under Linux, no.  

You have to open the device.

> I want to bitwise read a cd-rom or other media without
> consulting a table of contents. Just start at track 0 and go
> on for x bytes. Is it possible with python and if so, please
> help me in the right direction

sectorsize = 2048   # hard drives are usually 512, CDs 2K or 4K
bytes = file('/dev/cdrom','rb').read(3*sectorsize)

I've no idea what to do under Windows...

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