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Game Disc Repair Services and Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Steps

A faulty disc whether Blu ray disc, DVD or even game disc can be quite annoying. But even more annoying is the fact that regardless of our very best efforts, discs always seem to develop faults at one point or another. Several faults could develop. Most times, these faults can be fixed and the disc does not need to be disposed of. How to recognize these faults and fix them yourself is the major point of discussion. The processes involved in dealing with these faults are quite straightforward. So much so that just about anyone could do it (as long as you are meticulous enough). The step by step guide which we will outline later should be able to assist you in dealing with any faults your discs might have.

Identifying Faults

To correctly identify faults, we should first know that a lot of the warnings we see at times, actually do not refer to faulty discs. Such responses as No Disc, Invalid File Structure, Disc Error, etc. usually are just already written messages of error. They could appear randomly from within the software as long as any kind of problem occurs. So, one could reasonably conclude that these error messages could be quite meaningless and have just about nothing to do with the actual problem. Hence, you do not have to worry that they are the result of a serious technical diagnostics carried out by the software.

So how then can one identify faults on a disc? Well, if you have one such disc that does not play in a specific machine or player, it is best to inspect the disc yourself. This inspection is carried out in good light. During this inspection, you should position the disc in such a way that you see the entire surface clearly and not just reflections of it. While looking at the disc under a good light source, you should be looking for scratches, heavy or prominent fingerprints, dirty areas or just about any form of an unnatural mark (a mark which is not meant to be on a disc). Most importantly, you should pay more attention to the center of the disc where most of the data originate.

A fun fact about discs is that regardless of the types of the disc in question and regardless of the information recorded within, the inner part is where the writing of the data begins and slowly moves toward the outer edges. Hence, that inner area is especially important because it houses the necessary information for the reader to recognize what type of disc is being played. It also helps the player recognize the exact location of the beginning data. This means that any sort of problem here such as marks or scratches could give the player the impression that the entire disc is inaccessible or even empty.

Types of Actual Disc related Errors

There are two types of errors. They are:

  1. Physical damage is done to disc: Physical damage here refers to the presence of foreign substances on the surface of the disc, scratches or marks of any kind. If this kind of damage occurs on a video disc, the repercussions include jumping, skipping or even macro blocking. These occur because the software uses the excess time to attempt rereading the faulty or difficult section. On occasion, the player might ignore or not detect the presence of the disc.

  2. Data error: This, on the other hand, occurs right from the inputting of the information into the disc. It might occur as a result of incorrect referencing. That is to say that one of the folders or directories contained would have incorrect references to others. So on a structural level, the disc is flawed.

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How to Repair Physical Damage Yourself

So, when you notice specks of dust or fingerprints or marks on your disc, it is recommended that you use a soft cloth to wipe the disc. This should be done in straight lines starting from the center to the edge. The disc is cleaned round this way. If after the cleaning, the problem persists, you might want to try your disc on another player or reader. If others read or play the disc, you should purchase a DVD or CD player lens cleaner for yours. However, if no player can play the disc, then you have a much more complicated situation on your hands and might want to opt for a data recovery procedure.

Conclusion

In most cases, simply cleaning the disc in the way mentioned above should solve the problem. But remember that all discs (whether burned at home or properly produced commercially) have a certain degree of error. The players and software used to read these discs are designed in a way that they overlook these inevitable errors or make up for them. However, when the error becomes much, then even the player could become helpless.

How to Fix Scratches and Marks on your Discs Yourself

Disc generally (whether CD, DVD or even game discs) are designed to last relatively long. Regardless of how careful one is, the slightest things could lead to scratches on a disc or even holes. For instance, if little grit or dust gets into the pack of the disc, then that could lead to scratches. One might be careful enough to put the disc back in its pack but just overlooked the pack itself, a scratch is created. Do not despair. The era in which a simple scratch would make one dispose of a disc angrily is gone.

It would interest you to know that discs are made up of three layers. The layer containing the actual user data is in between two layers of polycarbonate. Most scratches found on discs are only surface level. So if the scratch on the surface can be taken care of, the data on the disc could still be very much intact.

Methods for Removing Scratches

Over time, many methods have been discovered for removing scratches from discs. An interesting point shared by all these methods is that you can carry them out on your own. They do not require any special or high-level expensive material, neither do they require a specific set of skills. They can be done by just about anyone using regular household materials.

There are a lot of methods but for this article, we will be considering the most effective 5.

 

  • Normal Cleaning with Soft Lint-free Cloth:

    As mentioned earlier, a lot of scratches we see on our discs are not deep to the extent that the data on the disc is damaged. Additionally, it is possible for what appears to be a scratch to simply be dirt. Since this is the case, simply cleaning the disc might just suffice. This cleaning requires a soft cloth that does not produce lint. This cleaning using this cloth should not be done circularly. Instead, it should start from the center and proceed outward. The entire disk should be cleaned this way. This is because the center is the most important part of the disc. In cases where grease stains might occur, a gentle detergent or alcohol could be used in the cleaning process. While cleaning, make sure you remove all dust particles and fingerprints. Another key point is that, while cleaning it might do more harm than good if you scrub too hard or apply too much pressure on the disc. Clean gently.

 

  • Using a Light Bulb:

    Use of light bulbs could also be effective in eliminating scratches. However, not just any bulb would do the job well. Most preferable is the incandescent 60W light bulb. All you have to do is thread the disc onto your index finger first. Then you hold the disc at about 10 cm from the bulb while slowly rotating the disc. This rotation should be continued for at most 20 seconds before the disc is distanced from the bulb. This is because too much exposure to the heat would prove to be counterproductive. Moreover, to get what you need from the disc, you might want to put it into the computer while it is still warm and burn its content onto another disc or copy them into your system.

  • Making Use of Wax:

    Sounds absurd but using wax could also be effective in dealing with scratches (at least long enough for you to copy what you need from the disc). You could use waxes from polish, petroleum jelly, lip balm or even furniture wax. The process is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is rub the wax into the surface of the disc to fill the scratch using a toothpick or suitable substitute. Then with a soft and lint-free cloth, you can rub the excess wax around the disc in a radial fashion this time around. Then you dry the disc, put it into your PC and quickly extract what you need.

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  • Use of Toothpaste:

    This could be the most absurd sounding idea so far, but it is equally effective. It works in the same way as the waxes, fills the spaces left by the scratch making it easier for the laser to read. First, clean the disc (as described in the 1st method). Then fill the toothpaste into the scratch. Then using a soft lint-free cloth spread the excess paste from the centre of the scratch outward.

  • Using Scotch Tape to Fill Holes:

    When a hole is found, all you need to do here is to mark the spots the holes are (maybe with a marker). Then use appropriately sized strips of tape to cover the holes on both sides. The goal is to prompt the laser to keep reading instead of stopping due to the presence of a hole.

 

 

Conclusion 

All these methods are theoretically possible and are practicable most of the time, but not always. Moreover, in cases where they work most times, not all the data is recovered. At times you might just need a professional. But before meeting a professional to recover your data, try at least one or all of the methods mentioned above.

Easy Fix For a Scratched Video Game Disc

As a video game enthusiast, one of the most upsetting things you would experience in your gaming career is to wake up one day and see a scratch or scratches on your favorite game disc. Of course, you can run to the corner store in your street to get a replacement for the scratched disc. But that will only put a bigger dent in your wallet. That’s why you need a CD scratch repair service, USA.

Perhaps you loan out your video game CD/DVD to your friend and it came back looking like it’s been used to pack gravel. Don’t throw it away. There are still a few options to consider before you can put it out as trash. But before we go into the full details on how to fix your scratched video game DVD or CD, you should know that discs with extreme scratches will need more than just a DIY repair. In that case, you’ll have to opt for a more professional option; game disc scratch repair service, USA.

3 DIY Repairs for Your Scratched DVD or CD

  • Use Rubbing Alcohol: (Wrong Way to Repair) 

If you want to repair the scratched Disc on your own, without choosing a professional CD scratch repair service, USA. Then you’ll need a few ounces of rubbing alcohol for the job. Just grab a piece of lint-free clothing, and dip it in rubbing alcohol. Then use the alcohol dampened cloth to clean the “read” side of the DVD or CD. Be gentle on the game disc, since you don’t want to damage it any further. Once you are done with the cleaning, allow it to dry out for a few minutes. Then insert the disc into the console to see if it works. You can try this method a few more times to reduce the intensity of the scratch.

  • Use Toothpaste: (Wrong Way to Repair)

Some toothpaste variants have been known to reduce scratch intensity on scratched DVD and CDs. Maybe because of the abrasive nature of the gritty types of toothpaste. But then again, you need to exercise caution when restoring a scratched video game disc with this method. Use a soft non-scratch cloth to dap the toothpaste on the read side of the disc. Then rub gently, in a straight linear pattern, from inner to outer. You may have to repeat the process a few times for the scratches to blur or disappear completely. If it doesn’t work, seek professional CD scratch repair service, USA.

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  • Use a Skip Scratch Fixer: (Wrong Way to Repair)

If you are not choosing a game disc scratch repair service USA, to rebuff your scratched video game disc. Then a skip scratch fixer is your next best option. Skip scratch fixers are inexpensive and effective in rebuffing scratched CDs and DVDs. You can get it from the game store on your street or from an e-commerce video game store. The best part is that you can use one skip scratch fixer, bought at an inexpensive price, to resolve many scratch issues on your game discs.

Game Disc Scratch Repair Service, USA (The Only True Way)

When all the above listed DIY solutions fail to repair your scratched video game disc, you’ll have one last option to consider: to opt for a CD scratch repair service, USA. Professional disc scratch repair companies have dedicated machines that help them rebuff deep scratches on DVDs and CDs. If the scratches on the read side of your disc are running too deep, you’ll have trouble fixing it with a DIY repair method. At that point, best guarantee you’ll have at rebuffing your deep scratched discs without putting a dent in your wallet is to opt for a CD Scratch repair service, USA.

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