Fix A Scratched CD

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Fix A Scratched CD

Ever had some archived data on a CD and get errors? That precious DVD with family photos have a scratch in it? Trust me. We have all been there. Here is how to fix it.

In this article I will be showing you four little known tips to fix scratched CD or DVD and recover the data within. Every user has had trouble with a scratched CD or DVD. The theory goes like this – A CD/DVD reader or player uses a laser beam to read the data on the disk. This laser beam crosses the protective plastic layer and reads the real recording metal layer. If the protective plastic layer is scratched, the laser will be unable to pass resulting in non-readable disc. In the case of data CDs the CD/DVD reader is unable to read the CD/DVD properly resulting in reading errors while in case of audio/video discs, the CD player skips when we play it.

If somehow we manage to re-smooth this protective layer then the laser will reach the data and read it, now there are many ways we can achieve this using common household item’s as discussed below:

1). Toothpaste – Yup! Toothpaste is our very first scratched CD/DVD fixer, you can use any non-gel based toothpaste for this, just put a very small amount of it on the scratched area and polish it gently using a cotton swab, sometimes the paste may cause new minor scratches but they are just superficial. Now just wash the cd using water.

2). If the above trick does not work try some metal polish like Brasso gently wiping with a soft cotton ball followed by application of Vaseline.

3). Baking Soda – make a small quantity of baking soda paste and apply using a soft cotton cloth buffing the bad scratch. Clean the baking soda before using the disc.

4). You can also try using some oil as a polishing agent this also works many times.

There are many daily use products that can be used to get the cd working just keep on experimenting, please note that you must take special care while using the above tips, be sure to try and preserve the rest of the cd that is not damaged just in case the cleaning process scratches it some more.

So that is some tips on how you can make a CD or DVD reusable after it has been scratched!


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Matthew Fitzgerald is the creator of thewball.com. He has done work in web design, computer building, system designs, eCommerce, tech repair, and software development. He has lots of experience in working with Linux servers and windows networking. Some of his hobbies include drumming, gardening, and music composition.

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