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Scratched DVDs And How To Repair Them

Mar 6, 2008
You are trying to watch your favorite movie on your DVD player and you suddenly notice that it is not playing. So, what's wrong? You suddenly remember your pet dog Toby was playing with it days earlier and made a lot of scratches on it. What you now have is a scratched DVD.

Another scenario might occur when you buy a DVD from your local store, and it leads to a no show at home. You are then shocked to find out that there are many scratches on the playable part of the DVD.

Since not everyone is fond of watching every second of their DVDs, like the title and the credits, it is impossible to know if any of the parts are still watchable.

All About Scratched DVDs

There are a number of solutions that can be used in such a situation, and all of them are well within a tight budget. You can buy a DVD repair kit, which would contain some tools to make your disk playable on your DVD player or in the DVD-Rom of your computer or gaming console.

A DVD repair kit contains a wax-like cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth. Apply 3-4 drops of the wax-like cleaner on the scratched DVD and rub it gently. A couple or three minutes later you can softly clean the surface with the cloth provided in the kit.

If you want to prevent your DVDs from being scratched, try an expensive multi DVD changer. Buy something that can change somewhere near 300-400 DVDs at once. Then you can put them into the changer and play it for an unlimited time. It would take you at least a month to see all the movies. When you have finished watching all your movies then replace the old ones with new ones.

In this way, you can save many disks from being scratched. However, the investment is a hefty one for buying this multi disk changer. However, take it as a one-time investment. The investment can act as insurance protection for your priceless collection.

You can use professional software, which will retrieve data from your scratched disk. The software scans the scratched DVD and then scans for the unreadable sectors. The data is then recovered and dumped in a fixed disk drive. If the software is efficient and professional then it will have a high percentage of recovery.

You can also go for DVD writing software which copies disk in 1:1 mode. Mode 1:1 means that the data is copied exactly in the disk. The software will make an image from the data from the unreadable sectors. A multipurpose utility like a computer can be used to perform this kind of task. The image file would then be copied in the hard disk. Another blank disk will be inserted in the ROM drive and the image file will be rewritten on the disk. This would make an exact copy of the scratched DVD.

You can also try some home magic! Spread some toothpaste on the surface, which has been scratched. Not every disk would respond to this treatment, but on some scratched DVDs it works wonders.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for used DVDs, used movies, and used car stereos. You can find the best marketplace for used DVDs, used movies, and used car stereos at these sites for Scratched DVD, DVD repair Kit, writing software , used movies, and car stereo, amplifiers, loudspeakers, subwoofers.
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