Fixed cracked gaming cds

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We've all had a favorite CD or disk of some kind that simply became worn with use and we replaced it. What is most disheartening is when one of our favorite games just gets broken or scratched and we're not able to use it or worse, to replace it.

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A lot of games get broken or damaged, causing the owner to go out and purchase yet another video game which can cost up to $60. These tips and instructions should help you video game owners save money by showing you how to repair a cracked video game disk.

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Instructions - How To Repair A Cracked Video Game CD

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Okay so maybe we can't help you fix something quite THIS damaged, but if you read on, you'll find some tips to help you fix your damaged CDs.

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    First place the CD of the game that has been cracked or damaged face down onto a cloth (preferably a cloth that will not generate lint)
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    If done correctly, the cracked side of the game will be visible for you to see.
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    Completely remove all the dust from the CD
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    From here squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto a tissue (tissue of high grade 2 ply or more)
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    Now rub the tissue with the toothpaste gently across the game disc
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    Continue this procedure until the entire game disc has been completely covered with a light coat of toothpaste.
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    After you have completely covered the disc in toothpaste use your fingers to gently smooth out the coat of toothpaste so that the whole layer looks even on the disc (ensure that you are rubbing the disc in a vertical motion).
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    From here you will need to take your disc and run the toothpaste-covered side under warm water
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    While holding the disc underneath the water with one hand, use your other hand to gently rub the toothpaste even more into this side of the disc (ensure that you are still rubbing the toothpaste onto the disc in a vertical motion)
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    Remove the disc from under the water and rub the disc with a cloth without touching it with your fingers
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    Use the cloth only to dry the disc gently.
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    Now you can either use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and apply it to the toothpaste side of his game disc and rub the side with a clean cloth completely until the disc is once again smooth.
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    Let the disc dry out and insert it into your console for play.
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Questions and Answers

I have a superman return video game for the x-box. The hole in the CD is cracked and its small what should I do?

I need help what should I do? I tried the cracked disc trick, and it did not work.

As stated in this article, this is a situation that cannot be fixed by any of these means. The article was created to help scratches on the read part of the disc, being that the hole in the middle of the CD is cracked there will no solution in this article to save your game disc.

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See more questions like this: How to fix a cracked PS3 video game disc

How can I fix my cracked gta v disk?

I played my gta v 4 days ago. I took it out of the Xbox and it had a crack in the center

Fixing a cracked game disc depends on the severity of the affected part of the disc. If your GTA V game disc is still operational on your Xbox even if it has a crack in the center, you can still fix it following the procedures stated in this article with the help of toothpaste, water and a clean cloth. The toothpaste will help your cracked game disc to be read easier on your gaming console. Here's an additional tip to fix your cracked GTA V disk:

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    Follow the toothpaste and water procedures stated in this article.
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    After the game disk is totally dry, gently flatten your game disk to properly align the edges of the crack.
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    Put the game disk on the paper towel with the shiny part down.
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    Then get a circular CD label adhesive and gently put it on the back of the game disk and gently smooth over the crack.
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    Lastly, apply a scratch remover using a scratch-free cloth to the gaming CD and gently polish it in a circular motion.
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If your game disc cannot be played on your Xbox, it means the data layer of your gaming disc is broken and realigning the broken parts is not actually a guarantee of properly fixing your game CD.

See more questions like this: How do I fix a crack on my GTA V disc

I have a crack in the middle of my PS3 game. What should I do?

I think I was playing it too much

As said in the wiki article, when you have a scratch on the game or data part of the CD it is repairable through the steps listed here. Also, in this article, it was explained that if the middle of the game is cracked there is no way to permanently fix the crack to allow you to be able to play the game on your PS3.

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If this has happened to your game disc then understand that purchasing a new game disc is the only option that you have to ensure that your game is fixed so that you can play it on your PS3. The middle of the disc is the worst place you want to crack your CD for this is something that is not repairable through quick DIY means at this time.

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Can you help on CDs that aren't cracked?

I have madden NFL 13 for Wii. It used to work perfectly, but then it would either freeze or say it's dirty when I was about to play. More recently, it freezes. When I click it and the regular screen comes up but it freezes.

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Is it possible to fix a disc if it was broken into multiple pieces?

All pieces are intact and the disc was in perfect condition before it broke. It broke into two main pieces with one decent sized sliver. Can it be repaired? At least enough to be able to copy it onto another disc is all I need. Thanks for any answers you can give me!

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It is not possible. Optical discs are like vinyl: they should be guarded from any scratches by handling them very accurately. Cracking a disc on the recorded area will destroy the data. If you attempt to glue it back or use duct tape, the disc will not be balanced, and will not be recognized by the drive, and may even explode at high speeds.

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My GTA5 Blu-ray PS3 disk has a crack and won't play and I'm too poor to get another one for my son

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My Game DVD is cracked from the center?

My game DVD is cracked from the center round part till a bit of the silver part. What to do now? I have tried: Toothpaste, Cello tape.

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I have a cracked CD in the middle O ring?

I literally just bought GTA V from a local E-Tradepost for $50 and it has a small crack in the O ring section of the CD.

You have to make a copy of it with PC or Mac tools before you use it. Please check the answer for "I accidentally cracked my Wii game "Xenoblade Chronicles" what should I do?" on this page.

Also, if it was a new item, then contact the seller about it; and you will, most likely, get a replacement.

For used discs, if the seller says nothing about the condition, always ask him or her to take pictures of the media surface at various angles without the flash to avoid disputes on scratches or cracks. If the condition is in the description and it does not match the disc that you have been shipped, then take pictures of your disc and negotiate returning it to the seller.

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My GTA 5 is broken inside.

My GTA 5 is broken inside.

If your GTA 5 disc is broken at the ring, then the medium is not unusable anymore. You are entitled to download the digital copy from the official Web site. Check this official Rockstar statement about downloading a digital copy of Grand Theft Auto 5.

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Why isn't the toothpaste and water thing working?

I tried the toothpaste thing and I got a crack on the side of my game. What do I do now?

First of all, see if the crack and scratch are apart in distance. If it is the case, then it is very dangerous to continue using the disc, as cracks might break the CD completely and damage your optical drive. The reason for this is that these scratches go deeper through the layers of the disc and during operation (the rotation of the disc), they grow through the plastic protective layer, which is the thickest one on the disc, forming a crack. If you wish to risk it and restore the data on the disc, try using a computer with an optical recording drive.

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  • Download The optical drive slow-down tool.
  • Set "1X" for the reading speed in the tool (or the lowest possible).
  • Take your cracked disc and apply a piece of duct tape over the crack on the non-recordable side.
  • Apply the same piece on the opposite side of the disc for the balance.
  • Run a wider piece over the the tapes applied just in case.
  • Cut the excessive tape that hangs in the center and off the edge of the disc.
  • Download the BurnAware program.
  • Launch the software.
  • Click "Copy to Image".
  • After the disc has been copied, close the window and insert a blank media according to the image size: CD (approximately 700 MB of data), DVD (4.5 GB of data) DVD-DL (8.1 GB), or BD-R (25 - 128 GB, depending on the number of layers);
  • Click "Burn Image" and select the image you have created with the cracked disc.
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How do I fix a chipped Wii game?

So I was letting a neighbor borrow my Wii game and I dropped it. It chipped ( a very little chip) on the edge of the disc and now it won't work. It will come up as Super Mario on my Wii, but when I start the game it says it cannot be read. Is there a way to fix this?

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The chipped part at the edge usually does not affect data, as discs are rarely recorded fully to the edge of the disc. However, the disc is not balanced now and even if you manage to read something, a scratch might grow out of the chip at higher speeds; and the whole disc might break inside the drive. The explosion may render the drive out of order. It is not worth repairing this disc as the threat of you losing the drive is serious.

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I accidentally cracked my Wii game "Xenoblade Chronicles". What should I do?

It has a crack inside the ring and it goes outside the ring

The disc may have an inner-ring crack that does not touch the recorded space or touches it.

If the crack touches the media space (usually, it's silver), then take several layers of duct tape and cut out rings with the diameter covering your crack. Apply those to the non-recordable side of the disc. Carefully cut out the center hole in the duct tape right on the disc. This will strengthen the weakened area.

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If the scratch is not touching the recorded (usually, it's silver) part, then you can just copy the disc.

Then, you have to read the defective optical disc at the lowest speed possible on a computer with an optical disc drive. Download The optical drive slow-down tool. Try setting "1X" for the reading speed in the tool if you can. Find a PC or Mac and copy the image of the disc. To do that, download a disc-burning tool, for example at Launch the program. Click "Copy to Image". After the image has been created, insert a blank dual-layer DVD. Then, go to the main menu of BurnAware, and click "Burn Image". Now select the image you've just created from your disc.

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Use the new disc to play the game.

Note: be careful to never read the defective disc at high speeds, as it may explode and damage your drive!

My game GTA4 keeps on freezing only after 1 minute of starting?

How do I fix it please? Thank you for helping me.

If our solution from the article did not help you, it most likely has nothing to do with a scratched CD.

As far as I understand, that freezing problem can be related to the Xbox version of the game. As soon as it freezes, reset the console. This should solve the problem. Also, do not use any cheats and save the game after you play it. Your saved game might be freezing after that, regardless of your resetting the Xbox console.

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However, if you are using the PC version, disabling your Internet connection might help. Then, press "Ctrl" + "Shift", "Esc", click "Processes". Afterward, find and right-click GTAIV.exe. Move the cursor to "Set Priority" and click "High". Good luck!

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How can I get it to copy or play to burn on CPU?

This is highly important info for a trial, that won't play. How can I get it to copy or play to burn on CPU? The crack is straight across the DVD.

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    Please try the solution from our article.
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    Insert a working CD into your drive
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    You have to read the CD at the lowest speed possible.
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    Try setting "1X" for the reading speed in the tool if you can
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    If you cannot get your drive to the single speed, try to find another optical drive that can do it.
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    Then, take your disc
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    Apply a piece of clear packing tape over the crack on the disc's non-recordable side.
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    Apply the same piece on the opposite side for the balance.
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    Run a wider piece over the tapes applied - just in case.
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    Cut the excessive tape that hangs in the center and off the edge of the disc with a pair of scissors.
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    Insert your disc and see if you are able to copy something off it
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My NBA 2k15 broke and I don't know how to fix it?

The picture cover has a humongous crack, how do I fix this

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    First of all, you will have to use a PC or Mac.
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    Then, please see "How can I get it to copy or play to burn on CPU?" on this page and follow the procedure step by step.
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    Launch the program.
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    Click "Copy to Image"
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    If the image is successfully created, then you will be in luck! Proceed to the next step. Otherwise, contact [1] and try to obtain a new copy for free by showing proof of your broken disc and all of the information asked by the support staff.
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    After the disc has been copied, close the window and insert a blank DVD.
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    Click "Burn Image" and select the image you have created with the NBA 2k15 disc
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I downloaded a game and when I open it, it brings me to steam?

I downloaded a game and when I open, it brings me to steam and I need help to fix it. I have tried: Blocking the firewall. I think it was caused by: I don't know

If it is a Steam release, then you will have to use Steam. Those games are dependent on the Internet connection as they synchronize data off the Steam servers and upload achievements and various statistics. In the future, if you want to avoid the obligatory Internet connection for some games, buy GOG releases that allow you to run the games offline.

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I can't play a cracked missing file battlefield bad company 2?

I can't play. Please help give me the app that auto cracked my game.

No application can break CDs physically. If you miss a file in Battlefield Bad Company 2 owing to bad sectors on a disc, you can contact Electronic arts at this address: [2] and ask for the missing file or a digital copy of the game, provided you give them the CD key from the disc or the box.

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Wii U game that works up to a level?

Hi, I have a Wii U game (Lego marvel superheroes) it plays up to almost the fifth or sixth level, and then the game won't progress to the end of the level cut scene. I have tried cleaning it, no good. Any solution? Thanks. I have tried: Cleaned the disc. I think it was caused by: Don't know

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What do I do because I love this game and I am unable to play it?

Yes my Madden 17 has a horizontal crack starting before the hole then extending past the hole and when I try to play it, it always says corrupted data so how do I fix that

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A random crack in the middle of my disc showed up and now there is a weird point that keeps getting bigger how do I fix it?

It randomly appeared and I would like help to fix my disc thank you. The point that showed up won't go away and it started tiny now it is about half way to the edge of the disc

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