Introduction

This guide is for anyone who has a scratched CD that is not working any more. In most cases this relatively quick and easy method has worked for me, and hopefully it works for you too.

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Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/1: Some scratches may be too deep to be removed. In this case, this method may not work.
  • Identify any scratches.

  • Some scratches may be too deep to be removed. In this case, this method may not work.

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Image 1/2: Wash with lukewarm water to remove any dust or dirt. Image 2/2: Wash with lukewarm water to remove any dust or dirt.
  • Take the CD to the sink.

  • Wash with lukewarm water to remove any dust or dirt.

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Image 1/1: Use a non-linen towel or your CD will need to be washed again.
  • Let the CD air dry, or dry with towel.

  • Use a non-linen towel or your CD will need to be washed again.

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Image 1/3: Rinse the toothpaste in lukewarm water and apply to the CD. Image 2/3: Rub toothpaste in a circular motion from the center to the outer edge. Image 3/3: Add multiple layers of toothpaste to cover all of the scratches.
  • Take the toothpaste, and apply it to your index finger.

  • Rinse the toothpaste in lukewarm water and apply to the CD.

  • Rub toothpaste in a circular motion from the center to the outer edge.

  • Add multiple layers of toothpaste to cover all of the scratches.

  • Use a white toothpaste, not a gel. Gels containing little beads may cause more damage to the CD.

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  • Let the CD sit for 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Rinse off the toothpaste with lukewarm water.

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Image 1/1: Use a non-linen towel or your CD will need to be washed again.
  • Let the CD air dry, or dry with a non-linen towel.

  • Use a non-linen towel or your CD will need to be washed again.

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Image 1/1: If your disk still has scratches, repeat the process.
  • Inspect your disk.

  • If your disk still has scratches, repeat the process.

  • You could also try to burn the disk onto another disk if the disk is lagging.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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