Repair a Scratched Toothpaste CD !!

If the precious CD is scratched and does not play on cd-player, see five ways you can read it, at least once, so you can make a copy.

The CD (Compact Disc) at some point they decide not to work again. And unfortunately this happens in CD that you have personal moments, such as your wedding, the baptism of your child, the trip to your school, etc. Or it may be the CD with your favorite music album, or an old backup. Whatever it is, your data is valuable.

You definitely want to re-read this CD who has muled? You can! Here are five ways to fix a scratch CD ή DVD, make it play on any device and what to do next.

Of course we do not discuss whether CD or the DVD you are broken or missing a piece. In this case nothing is done. The usual damage to these discs is that they are scratched or dirty. So in most cases, the problem with a disk is its external surface. The actual data of the disk is stored on a material that is placed between two layers of polycarbonate. This transparent plastic of the disc, that is, its surface, is prone to scratches.

Taking proper care of your discs is clearly a good idea. Each time you finish your work with it, you should take some time to make sure that both the disc and the inside of the case are clean. A hair can scratch your disc and shut it down. You should also be careful how you remove or insert a disc into the drive DVD. This is another common case in which optical discs can be scratched or damaged. Even worse if it sticks cd-player and start screwing it, instead of pressing the special switch with a pin.

So if you have a disc that is not playing or has playback imperfections, it is usually due to scratches on the outer layer and you can fix it. There are several repair methods. None of these require special materials or skills, and all can be done with household items. Let's look at 5 ways you can (temporarily) fix one CD, DVD or even a disc Blu-ray.

1. Just clean it
Many times, the discs that we believe are engraved and not playing, are simply dirty.

Surface stains work just like scratches. They refract the laser beam and do not direct it to the correct spot on the disc, so it cannot read the encoded data on the metal layer.

Visually check your disc for dirt, but even if you can't see any, clean the surface of your disc with a soft lint-free cloth, like the ones you clean your glasses on. You can use a mild detergent (or even better alcohol) if there are traces of fat. Make sure there are no fingerprints or dust particles. Do not rub too hard as this may cause more damage. Your movements are spiral (circular in disk shape), with the tendency to start from the center and end outside of it.

Avoid the usual cleaning of the irrelevant…. rub the disc hard on your pants !!!. Luckily, your disk will work once it is properly cleaned.

If it is cd-player does not play any discs, or if it plays selectively whenever it comes down to it, then gently clean the glass of the laser itself. Especially in old machines the dust does a lot of damage.

2. Repair scratches on damaged ones CD, with toothpaste
You sound incredible, but it works. Using a toothpaste or a detergent for glasses (especially those used by optics) or even Brasso (silverware), you can repair a damaged disc.

But how does the toothpaste clean the scratches on CD your; The principle is simple: the toothpaste fills the gap caused by the scratch on the outer surface. The laser then focuses correctly to read the disc data accurately. Follow these steps:

  • Clean the disc as described above.
  • Place a small amount of toothpaste on a plate. With a wooden toothpick or similar, place a small portion of the toothpaste along the scratch (not as much as the photo above shows).
  • Rub gently with a suitable cloth, from the center of the scratch outwards.

After a few minutes you will see the scratch become smooth. It may even disappear. Try playing the disc. If it works, make a copy immediately.

3. Can a light bulb repair a scratch? DVD;
Another technique is to use an incandescent lamp, about 60W.

Insert your pointer into the disc hole, flip the glossy side up, and hold the laser reading side over an incandescent lamp about 10 cm away. Rotate the disc for a maximum of 20 seconds and remove it. Note that excessive heat exposure can damage the disc.

Play the disc while it is still warm, and if it works, copy the data to your computer immediately.

If you haven't done anything the first way, it might be worth trying the lamp too.

4. Repair a carved tray with wax
Unbelievable, but the scratches on the surface of one CD ή DVD can be fixed with a soft candle!

As with toothpaste, you can use colorless shoe wax, lubricant for lips, or furniture wax or even petroleum jelly. Again, rub it on the surface of the tray to fill the scratch. With a lint-free cloth, wipe off the excess wax in radial motion.

When you're done, try playing the disc. If it works, copy the data to your computer.

5. Cover the holes in the tray with adhesive tape
Most problems on a disc are confined to the plastic layer. In some cases, holes in the aluminum layer may occur. As this is the place where the data is stored, such a hole can prove to be destructive. If the laser finds a hole, it will simply stop reading.

The answer is to cover the holes, thus encouraging the laser to continue reading. Hold up the side of the laser reading tray and find the holes. Then, flip it over and smear the gaps with a marker. Finish by placing two small strips of tape on each hole you find.

This way, the disk will play, allowing you to recover most of your data. Of course, any data stored where the holes exist will be lost forever.

What to do next with the scratched CD your
So what did we learn? You do not need to remove the scratches CD and DVD. Instead of using them as coasters or hanging them for pigeons, use one of the above methods to get rid of scratches and retrieve data.

These solutions are temporary. Do not rest on your laurels that you have achieved. Instead, copy the data immediately to another drive, hard drive, or any preferred storage solution.

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