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HOW to Recover Data from Scratched CD's

HOW to Recover Data from Scratched CDs

All CD or DVD are always get some scratches when you use or even if your carefully using it,there's time that accidentally make some scratch in it.this tip is a painless techniques on how to create a full working CD from the scratched one. I have personally tested this and had fixed a CD that would not read data at all. This tip works best with small unreadable scratches, as some hard scratches are too deep and loose the data permanently.


1:Alcohol 120% software [or similar]
2:Cooking oil
3:Small piece of cotton
4:Dry cleaner paper

Follow this simple steps to fix a scratched CD for repair purposes:

In step one you must do some preparation work on the CD. Begin by wetting the cotton with water. Begin to clean the CD in a vertical motion; three firm wipes shall be sufficient. Dry the CD with the dry cleaner paper.

Using another piece of cotton, apply oil to the CD surface. Be sure to do this with caution and not overuse oil. After a through cleaning, dry carefully. Particles from the oil will stay on the micro surface of the scratch. It appears that the oil helps the laser of the CD/DVD driver
to read the surface again.

After downloading and installing Alcohol 120% software, run the program and select to create an ISO - image making wizard. Attempt to read the CD drive and test if the program can read the Alcohol 120% software is recommended for this, as it is known to recover data more efficiently than other ISO software.

If a successful read is obtained, I recommended creating a new CD immediately. Copy all the data from the CD to the hard drive or create an ISO of the CD for immediate use. With a favorite burning utility, burn the ISO or data onto a new CD.


on Sep 09, 2011 | Audio Players & Recorders


Fixing Scratched CD's, Games, etc.

To fix a scratched CD:
1) take a tube of toothpaste and place a dab on the CD.
2) Rub the toothpaste around the scratched area and let sit for a few minuets.
3) Take a slightly damp cloth and wipe the toothpaste off.
Note: do not rub in a circle, wipe off the paste starting from the middle, going out.
4) Finally, gently dry the CD with a towel, and play away!

on Feb 23, 2009 | Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii

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Toshiba satellite freezes when cd inserted

Sometimes such type of problem occurs when CD is scratched. If CD is not scratched then try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Stop unwanted programs while inserting CD.
  • Also stop Anti-Virus.
  • Fix windows internal errors like registry errors.
  • For an instant fix i would suggest to use Reginout.

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The disc is scratches

If the scratches are only fine then you can polish out these scratches.
You need to purchase a CD scratch polishing kit from the computer shop or from the Internet.
Follow the instruction on the CD polishing kit.

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How do u apply the fellowes cd scratch remover in bottle?

from the center out...or outside to the center. do not do circles that just makes the laser follow the scratch and report the error. ..

Dec 05, 2009 | Fellowes FEL99763 CD/DVD Scratch Repair...

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PS2 GTA: San Andreas Disk Problems

this shows that your cd is already damaged, the scratches might have hit the critical part. you said that some other cd's of yours have also scratches these are presumably minor scratches. its better if you purchase anew one. a damaged cd with deep scratches can damage the lense of your cd rom if you continously use this it would soon permanently damaged the lens

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Need Help with Restore CD's

I suggest that you replace that optical drive and down load the restore disk from the manufacturers' website.

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