How to Fix a Broken CD Disk


The CD is a well-known and popular medium for storing music, video, and documents. While relatively durable, the side of the disc containing the information can become scratched if it is not properly secured in a case when not in use. If your disc is no longer operating because of damage to the surface, however, you can fix it with a simple method using a common household product. Properly apply the method and fix the broken disc.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Dish detergent
  • Paper towel
  • Toothpaste (non-gel)
  • Turn on your faucet to warm water and place the scratched surface of the CD under the water.

  • Apply a small amount of liquid dish detergent to your fingers and rub it onto the CD working from the inside of the disc outward.

  • Return the disc under the warm tap water and remove the detergent with your fingers.

  • Place the CD onto a few layers of paper towels to air-dry completely.

  • Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto your fingers and apply it to the CD as you did with the detergent.

  • Wait for five minutes, then rinse the toothpaste off of the disc with warm tap water.

  • Place the CD onto a layer of paper towels to air-dry, then test the CD. The treatment will allow the heavily scratched CD to play properly.

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