Whats your trick to fixing scratched CDs?

By LarryD4 ·
I have a CD that is scratched to the point I can't copy the data on it, nor can I dupe it.

Its obvious its scratched.

Any ideas or tricks to recover it?

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I have used....

by ---TK--- In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

a couple different CDRoms or cd reading devices... eventually I would find a rom that would pick it up, read it, then I was able to burn it to a new CD...

It has worked many times...

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I heard once

by LarryD4 In reply to I have used....

I heard once that a plane old yellow highlighter would do the trick to.. But its not working...

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by ---TK--- In reply to I heard once

The post below might work... I have never hear of the yellow marker before. As long as the aluminum (which holds the data) part of the CD isn't harmed/damaged you should be able to recover it some how.

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Novus Plastic Polish

by robo_dev In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

This is what they use when airplane windows get scratched...they make a cleaner, a heavy scratch remover and a light scratch remover.

It costs about $12 for a kit with all three 8oz bottles which lasts for years.

also great for scratched eyeglasses, ipods, cellphone displays, etc.

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I've heard

by cmiller5400 In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

I've heard that if you use baking soda toothpaste and "polish" it with that starting in the center of the disk and working outward, (not in a circular motion though) it MAY help. It also may destroy the disk as well. Crap shoot anyway.

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Is that with a Toothbrush?

by L-Mo In reply to I've heard

No disrespect. That's just how I used to clean the bottom of my sneakers when I was a kid (ghetto fab).

No clue if it would work but Good luck.

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Toothpaste Can Work

by willcomp In reply to I've heard

I've had both successes and failures using toothpaste -- although first I've heard about baking soda variety.

Use plain old Crest or Colgate toothpaste and a soft cloth. The toothpaste has a mild abrasive that will polish out the scratches enough to read the disk if all goes well.

Work radially from center to edge of disk. Rinse thoroughly in running water and clean with a soft cloth. You can use soap and water as well to clean disk.

Do not use a toothbrush.

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Depends if it is a Manufactured or Burnt CD

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

If it's manufactured I have then Professionally Cleaned which involves scraping/polishing a layer plastic off the Data Face.

If it is a Burnt Disc there is nothing that can be done just dump them and look in your Backup's for the Data.


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by 1bn0 In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

Our local BlockBuster video store has a machine for repairing Movie and Game disks.

They use it for their own and charge for cutomer disks.

I don't recall what the charge was , but it wasn't too much.

Maybe a video outlet newar you offers the same service.

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In my experience

by L-Mo In reply to Whats your trick to fixin ...

This is a toughy.

I don't think there is a clear "best practices" out there but I have heard good things about products like Disk Doctor. Some are pricier than others and some work better. My understanding is that some polish and fill the scratches while others use light abrasion to "sand down" the disk. Do some research if the disk is that important. I saw an article in Wired Magazine a while back that explained and compared the technology and a few product options.

As far as home grown remedies. I'd say good luck. I've had luck with using a different CD-Rom, Glass polish, Windex, and even Vinegar.

Good Luck! ...and always use a very soft cloth, preferably microfiber.

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