Chance of data recovery – minimal.
Believe it or not I was actually trying to do something constructive with all those pesky MSDN subscription CDs I have lying around the place…
Lichtenberg figures are “trapped lightning” fractal patterns created using a very large DC accelerator. I was hoping to produce something similar in the CD – however too much current (30ma) and too much heat soon melted the platter rendering the figures “unviewable”.
I’m going to introduce a ballast in the circuit to limit the current and see how I get on.