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CD Scratches..

kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
2 Oct 2005 9:54AM
When I was away on holiday my brother stayed in my house. He took a CD out of my hard drive and left it lying on my floor. It lay for 2 weeks and when I found it, it was all scratched. I wasnt too bothered as the software was installed, but Ive had to reformat and now it wont go past 22%. Any ideas on how to get the scratches out..someone suggested T-cut, but not really too enamoured about paying 9 quid for a bottle of tcut for one cd...


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dougv 14 8.4k 3 England
2 Oct 2005 10:02AM
No problem!

Get that no-good brother of yours to stump up for a new copy of the software for you.

Failing that try some good old Brasso.
It is a bit finer than T CUT and is probably a lot cheaper.

Doug ;o)
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
2 Oct 2005 10:38AM
Ooh, Brasso and Tcut sound a bit severe try a very small amount of toothpaste on a soft cloth.

kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
2 Oct 2005 10:43AM
thanks guys...ill try those and see how I get on.

No point asking him to stump up for a new copy....I have to walk on eggshells around him...hes so sensitive..he would have a fit..lol
dougv 14 8.4k 3 England
2 Oct 2005 10:43AM

Go for Brasso and make your brother eat the CD if it ruins it!

Doug ;o)


Send him to see me Laura.
I can guarantee he will pay for a new copy.
kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
2 Oct 2005 11:35AM
Ok I tried the toothpaste..that didnt work...im going to go and get some brasso....

Could a scratch really stop a program installing though?

Burgy_Tog 14 634 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2005 11:38AM

Quote:ould a scratch really stop a program installing though?

Only in the same way that a scratch on a record would make it unplayable
kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
2 Oct 2005 11:39AM
Damm it!! looks like im going to have to buy another copy!
dougv 14 8.4k 3 England
2 Oct 2005 11:39AM
A 1 or a 0 in the wrong place and the program is toast!

Doug ;o)

What software is it Laura?
kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
2 Oct 2005 11:45AM
It was a microsoft student pack that I got..it was really handy..full of stuff to help with assesments etc..it was nearly 50 bucks too!
big fella 14 485 England
2 Oct 2005 11:50AM
Laura, I bought something called a disc doctor! It's a heath robinson looking contraption that has worked on a couple of discs. First on my sons PS2 game, that wouldn't load until I "doctored" it. The other time was on a friends music CD,that was stuffed until I used the disc doctor. It has a light abrasive pad that rotates at 90 degrees to the disc, as the disc rotates. The medium used is distilled water.

No doubt someone will come along and tell you that they don't work! (lol) It cost me 20 and has saved 50(ish) so far, mind you, I got it in a sale at Staples. I think the original price was nearer 30!

dusted 13 508 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2005 2:45PM
washing up liquid (in all seriousness)
ruralscotland 13 1.3k
2 Oct 2005 10:30PM
Laura, what was the exact name of the software?

kaybee 13 5.7k 25 Scotland
2 Oct 2005 11:31PM
Laura - Maplin in Livingston sells the disc cleaner that AndyD talks about..............it does work
ukuwi 14 476 1 England
3 Oct 2005 12:56AM
As the data on a cd is constructed of pits and troughs (bumps and dips) using any kind of abbrasive would not do you any favours, the first thing I would try would be to use a disk copying program to try to make a copy of the original, I would also suggest cleaning the scratched cd with a wax based household polish first, I have had many successes using this method, hope it helps.

Regards Tony

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