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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: el bid on Dec 15, '06 12:36:26PM

The first resort with scratched DVDs or CD should be Brasso.

If the scratches are on the label side ignore the following advice, as there will be actual data loss on the disc.

Usually the scratches are on the non-label side, where they will be distorting the optical pathway to data. The pits storing the data will be unaffected. The solution is to use Brasso on a clean rag to polish the scratches out with small circular movements. I usually dab on the Brasso, let it dry partially, and then polish away, pressing down lightly but firmly. I've found that it isn't usually necessary to polish the scatches to complete invisibility. It seems that the sharp edges of the scratch are the main cause of problem, and once these have been smoothed away the disc should play properly again.

Obviously you'll need to remove all traces of the dried Brasso before reinserting the disc into your machine.




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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: rjbailey on Dec 15, '06 04:03:50PM

Amen. Thanks for reminding me about Brasso. Having heard a similar hint elsewhere, I was trying to remember what cleaner to use on the scratches (hmm... Was it Ajax? Windex? Toothpaste?) when I tried MTR with success.



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: JimMueller on Dec 16, '06 07:31:08PM

A dab of Future acrylic floor polish and a buffing fills in marks on plastic just fine. The modeling community has used this on scratched windshields and airplane canopies since it was first available in the '60s.

I've used it to restore several rental DVDs from GreenCine and RentAnime to playable condition.



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