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How Do We Repair A Scratched DVD?

Aug 15, 2008
Though the players are well adapted to regular use they are remarkably resistant to casual scratches. The player itself can deal with them. Usually it may cause a CD player to skip. While players are remarkably durable it is impossible to prevent them from producing scratches and scuffs from time to time. So there must be adequate measures too to control it to some extent.

There are various processes to repair scratched DVD. It may be a temporary or permanent damage. If it is a permanent damage it may be not remediable. It all depends on the amount of damage caused to the disc.

To repair the DVD first of all we need to thoroughly check it by ourselves. We need to see if the scratch is beyond repairing by holding the disc up to light. The light should not be very bright as it would spoil the disc. If the light can be seen passing through the scratch then the disc is permanently destroyed and cannot be fixed.

If the scratches are not very deep we can try to fix it temporarily. Scratches on the upper label surface are impossible to repair but those on the shiny playing side of the disc are curable.

We should clean the disc with thin linen only. Water can also be used. If the process produces no results we have a secondary option of polishing the disc with toothpaste which should be paste and not gel. Then cleaning with a wet and clean linen cloth will do. The thing worth remembering is that we must not try cleaning by rubbing in circles but from the inside ring of the disc towards the outer edge.

The repairing of the disc also depends on the amount of damage caused to it. The scratches on the label side can prove a death sentence for them because most discs do not have an additional protective coating on the label side.

Applying a layer of thin wax used in automobiles can also prove helpful in polishing the disc and can smoothen the scratches to make it visible. We can give it to a music shop to repair it. Sometimes they remove the upper coating of the disc removing the light scratches. This helps us restore our discs.

But if these methods are not effective then one may use repair kits and polishes or disc refinishing machines available at game shops. They can repair the disc in a mechanical way. It has also been seen that there are differences between one disc player and another. They can handle scratches better than others. Computer CD drives best do this.

If all these methods prove ineffective then the disc is not worth a repair and must be permanently damaged. It cannot be used any longer if it is not repaired by any of these methods.
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