Fix Scratches on Your Game CD

Edited by Aleksander Gradinarov, Eng, Lynn, Doug Collins

A badly scratched CD

Even though CDs (Compact Discs) are usually very durable, it can be very difficult to keep one from getting scratched. A scratched CD may cause loss of data, problems with game graphics, etc. There are commercially available kits for repairing a scratched CD but you can easily repair one yourself by following the methods below.

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Steps

  1. 1
    Detergent Method
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    1. Apply a few drops of water and dish detergent to the CD.
    2. Using a warm cloth, wipe the disc from the center away, NOT in a circular motion.
    3. Dry with another cloth by gently patting.
    4. Reinsert it into the console and test if you have done your job successfully.
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    Alcohol Method
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    1. Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the back side of the CD.
    2. Using a warm cloth, wipe the disc gently from the center away, NOT in a circular motion.
    3. Leave the CD with the date side on top so that the rubbing alcohol can evaporate.
    4. Reinsert it into the console and test if you have done your job successfully.
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    Wax/Jelly Method (This method should be tried only if the two above did not work!)
     
    1. Put some petroleum jelly on the back side of the CD.
    2. Using a warm cloth, wipe the disc gently from the center away, NOT in a circular motion.
    3. Remove the excess jelly/wax off the disc, so your console doesn't get sticky.
    4. Reinsert it into the console and test if you have done your job successfully.
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Tips

  • Try another game in your console to make sure the problem is with the scratched CD, and not with the console itself.
  • Use a microfiber cloth for better results.
  • Clean the inside of your console with a DRY cloth.

Warnings

  • DO NOT PUT A WET CD INSIDE YOUR CONSOLE, AS YOU WILL SHORT IT OUT!

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

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Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Aleksander Gradinarov

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