An Ironic way to fix your scratched CDs.

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#1 Posted by Joshy485 (316 posts) -
Ever try boiling it in water.Well I heard that it works but it seems a bit harsh for my $60.00 360 games.Does it really do the job or is does it not?
#2 Posted by F-14Bombcat (413 posts) -
You just made me want to do an expirement:D. I have dozens of CDs that I do not use, they are not xbox 360 discs, but they should still do the same. I could lightly scratch each disc equally until they both do not work, then try a few different experiments including toothpaste. Then I coould pop them into my PC and see if they work. If you want me to attempt it, then I would be glad to try!
#3 Posted by hhcash (82 posts) -
I might try it with my Oblivion disc.
I tilted my 360 over while Oblivion was running, so yeah...
#4 Posted by LordGamer0001 (8752 posts) -
i can kinda understand how it would fix the scratches. but wouldnt the water ruin the data stuff on top of the disc?
#5 Posted by 1005 (3738 posts) -
I dont understand how boiling a CD would fix the scratches on it lol but im tempted to try it with my old NWN discs...
#6 Posted by Zeke129 (11176 posts) -
I'm going to burn some random data to a blank CD, scratch it beyond readability, boil it, and get back to you.
#7 Posted by 1005 (3738 posts) -

I'm going to burn some random data to a blank CD, scratch it beyond readability, boil it, and get back to you. Zeke129

This is the attitud we need, good on you mate! doing something for gaming science :P

#8 Posted by OneWingedAngeI (9448 posts) -
it seems like this would not work. if youve ever melted plastic, you would notice that it starts to warp. water itself isnt harmful to a disc, but the heat sure is. let us know how these experiments turn out!
#9 Posted by Zeke129 (11176 posts) -

Alright, it's burning now. I'll do a few different types of scratches. The standard "drop it on something" nicks, some steel wool damage to replicate an old disk, and a quick one with a box cutter.

EDIT: Forgot to mention I'm doing those as three seperate tests on different disks.

I'm interested in seeing the outcome.

#10 Posted by F-14Bombcat (413 posts) -

Alright, it's burning now. I'll do a few different types of scratches. The standard "drop it on something" nicks, some steel wool damage to replicate an old disk, and a quick one with a box cutter.

EDIT: Forgot to mention I'm doing those as three seperate tests on different disks.

I'm interested in seeing the outcome.

Zeke129

I am exicited about seeing the results:D. I have always wanted to try this but now I don't have to. Although don't you think the box cutter is a little bit of an overkill? If you can fix that disk, then I will be in awe.

Please keep us updated.

#11 Posted by Zeke129 (11176 posts) -

Results

Small Nicks: Busted.

Steel Wool: Busted.

Box Cutter: Busted.

I also kept a CD perfectly clean and boiled it up. The PC failed to read it afterwards. Therefore, don't do this. It makes the disks worse.

#12 Posted by teufelherz (1293 posts) -

Well it kind of makes sense since applying heat would actually cause the physical structure of the disc to expand and close the gaps of the scratches. I actually wonder if it would deform the disc to make it readable. Try and let us know.

EDIT: Too late for my post, you already had the results.

#13 Posted by HiResDes (5919 posts) -

Peanut Butter works on shallow scratches apparently

Turtle Wax, and Toothpaste on medium ones apparrently

But really I like to buy this disc repair paste from EB/Gamestop because its only like 8 bucks and will last you for about 50 discs worth.

#14 Posted by Zeke129 (11176 posts) -

Peanut Butter works on shallow scratches apparently

Turtle Wax, and Toothpaste on medium ones apparrently

But really I like to buy this disc repair paste from EB/Gamestop because its only like 8 bucks and will last you for about 50 discs worth.

HiResDes

You can go ahead then. I'm done with wasting CDs for a while. :P

#15 Posted by CradleXX (2820 posts) -
just use a DiscDr
#16 Posted by NinjaBlade753 (408 posts) -
Dang, I really wanted it to work, for some reason.
#17 Posted by HiResDes (5919 posts) -

just use a DiscDrCradleXX

I hate when people say just use Disc Dr, as if they just have 30 bucks to waste, if they had 30 bucks basically they could just buy another game.

#18 Posted by MKHavoc (1100 posts) -
I've heard of that before, although it didn't work for me. I think it's just that the game was beyond repair. Before I boiled it the game wouldn't go past the title screen. After I boiled it, the game got halfway through the opening cutscene, then froze again.
#19 Posted by Dragonblade01 (5747 posts) -

I've used rubbing alcohol on discs before, it works pretty well if the scratches are small

Also, a friend of mine did it with an old PS1 game (which looked like he had taken steel wool to it, lol), and it ran perfectly

#20 Posted by morph_basic (1672 posts) -
I've tried it before with an old PS game. You're supposed to boil water, and then use something to hold the disc in the boiling water just enough so that the bottom of the disc is submerged and not the top (it's like laying the disc on the water). The theory is that the heat will melt off the very first layer of plastic, and thus your scratches would no longer be as deep as they were. Obviously, this won't work for deep scratches, or a disc with very many scratches. My game had been getting stuck halfway through a cutscene, and I think it went about.. 3 seconds longer after I tried this method. Oh well..
#21 Posted by banjobear_basic (2643 posts) -

Boiling does work, but only temporarily... so pretty much useless. You're suppose to submerge the DVD in boiling water for around 3 seconds.

Edit: Actually it may or may not work on scratched disks. The method originated as a temporary fix for the unreadable cheap quality XBM demo disks.

#22 Posted by LaP (17769 posts) -

Try this

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Don't scratch your CD/DVD ;)

#23 Posted by Dragonblade01 (5747 posts) -

Try this

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Don't scratch your CD/DVD ;)

LaP

Discs scratch with use, even while they are in the machine; so that doesn't really help

#24 Posted by trophylocoste (8452 posts) -
I never heard of that although I heard tooth paste works
#25 Posted by doubutsuteki (2905 posts) -

Ever try boiling it in water.Well I heard that it works but it seems a bit harsh for my $60.00 360 games.Does it really do the job or is does it not?Joshy485

*shrug*

A cousin of mine claimed that he fixed one of his CDs by greasing it up with butter.

#27 Posted by OneWingedAngeI (9448 posts) -
the ONE thing i will evvvver give gamestop credit for is if you bring in a non working game they will usually fix em up for you
#28 Posted by joeamis (3010 posts) -
I've heard of this boiling trick before, but I think in the end it would do more damage to the disc's lifetime. I'd also be worried that once you put the disc in the water it shatters and cuts you up, ala Ninja Gaiden. I've never seen a Gamestop or EB that fixed discs, though Gamecrazy always does.