The biggest problem with CDs and DVDS is how fragile they tend to be. It’s way too easy for them to be scratched, smudged, or otherwise damaged – particularly in the case of game discs on older Xbox 360 consoles (Microsoft didn’t design the first iteration of that system particularly well). A scratched disc is no good-it skips, freezes, glitches out, or simply doesn’t function at all. For all intents and purposes, it’s an expensive drink coaster.
A scratch needn’t be the end of your disc, however- it’s actually possible (and not too difficult) to repair all but the most extensive damage, so long as you know what you’re doing. Here’s what you’ll need (note that most of these methods are not recommended with Blu-Ray discs):
- A soft, smooth cloth. A jewelry polishing cloth would work swimmingly.
- Disc cleaner. You can pick some up on Amazon for about $5. If you’re particularly strapped for cash, a toothpaste/vinegar solution might work, as well.
- Furniture Wax or Automotive Wax (Only if the first step doesn’t work).
The first thing you’ll want to do is try to clean the disc. If it’s suffering from very minor scratches or smudges, this’ll be all you need to do. Simply apply the fluid to the underside of the disc, and buff it, moving in a fluid motion rather than a circular motion. Polish it as you’d polish anything else- make sure part of your cloth is dry. Rinse it off with some cold water, then dry it off. Leave it to sit for a bit, and then hold it up to the light. With any luck, your scratches will be gone.
If that didn’t work, it’s time to get creative. Pull out your wax, and apply some to the scratches and gouges on the disc. Take your cloth, and buff the disc vigorously. Rinse it under some cold water, then dry it by buffing it again. Plastic polish might work, as well. Leave it to sit overnight, and then have a look at it the next morning. If your efforts were for naught, it’s probably time to purchase a replacement – chances are good that you’re not going to be able to fix the damage any time soon.
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