How to fix a scratched CD or disc? How to clean it so it works again? - Step by step

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Causes of a CD being scratched

There are several factors that affect the functioning of the CD, some people tend to be very aggressive with them and thus harm themselves. Among those that have the greatest influence are the conditions of transport thereof, as due to a pen and other similar item in a bag, we can lose all files.

To avoid this problem it is important to have a CD holder or CD covers, which are designed to protect them, with a material very similar to a soft cloth, and which avoids these inconveniences.



How to fix a scratched CD or disc?

There are several methods that work when discs are already scratched, the most common being cleaning with bananas. Incredibly, bananas have certain properties that help refill those spaces that are already scratched by discs.

What you need to do is take a banana in half, and start with a little rub that starts from the inside of the disc and exits. After about 5 minutes from the process, we clean it up and make sure it's not there are residuals, this process can be repeated several times.

How to clean it so it works again?

Discs sometimes stop working because they have dirt accumulated inside them, therefore, it is enough to do a good maintenance for it to be useful. Because when we perform cleaning, we remove the dirt that is clogged between the player and the disc.

The most effective methods for cleaning a CD are: alcohol and with toothpaste, as not only do they both work amazingly, they are also very easy items to obtain in any home.



Clean the disc with alcohol

To carry out the process with alcohol, it is extremely important do not use a lint-free cloth or scratches. For this reason, the most comfortable thing is to use a cloth of the same fabric with which the lens cleaning cloths are supplied, or if we have one at hand we can use it.

Gently wipe the disc with the alcohol-soaked cloth. It usually happens that sometimes the disk is not completely clean after applying the alcohol, and therefore we have to clean the disk again. After about two or three times of application it is very likely that it will work again.

Clean the disc with toothpaste

Another popular way to clean discs is with toothpaste, ed it is a method that is as effective as it is famous. In such a way that if we did a survey among the players of the Play 2 console, at least 80 or 90% would know about this process.

The procedure is similar to that of the disc, except that we will change the application with the cloth for the finger, which must be totally wet, and we will try to apply it on the scratch of the disc, linearly and from the inside to the outside. In this way, the disc is very likely to work again.


Discs are very useful even today, there are files that still remain on them and have not been transferred to a USB memory, although that is not bad, as as long as there is a place to play them you can always enjoy them.


Without a doubt, if you use any of the methods explained above and take the necessary precautions and advice into consideration, you will be able to recover your scratched CD again. And remember, sometimes you need to clean the CD-DVD drive so that it reads the CD, it's also possible to recover files from a failed CD-DVD, that's if the options presented above don't work for you.


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