How to Repair Scratched CDs
Most of the time when you scratch a CD you can fix the problem and don't have to buy another disc. This article will save you money in the long run because for the cost of one CD, you can repair many with a CD-repair kit. These work on audio CDs, CD-ROM discs and DVDs.
- CD Cleaning Kits
- CD Scratch-repair Kits
- CD Wipes
Determine the nature of the problem. Turn over the CD and look first for a smudge (see "Clean CDs" under Related eHows). If you notice a scratch, however, continue on to step 2.
Buy a fluid-based CD scratch-repair kit.
Get a soft, lint-free cloth, such as one made for cleaning eyeglasses, if your scratch-repair kit doesn't come with cloths or swabs.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Wipe across the CD, working from the inside out in straight lines. Never wipe in a circular pattern.
Repeat the process, if necessary.
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