How do I fix an unreadable CD?
5 Ways to Repair a CD or DVD
- Clean the disc using a soft lint-free cloth and a dab of warm water and mild detergent.
- Fill scratches with toothpaste.
- Soften scratches with heat from a 60W lightbulb.
- Fill the scratch with a wax-based product.
- Cover holes in the data layer with pen and tape.
How do I read a damaged CD-ROM?
If you’re dealing with a light scratch, you can try using whitening toothpaste. It’s not an old wives’ tale – it actually works. Apply a tiny amount of paste and use a cloth to gently massage it over the scratch. It might go away completely.
How do I fix my DVD drive on my computer?
Boot to the Windows 10 desktop, then launch Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X and clicking Device Manager. Expand DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the optical drive listed, then click Uninstall. Exit Device Manager then restart your computer. Windows 10 will detect the drive then reinstall it.
Can a damaged CD be repaired?
Incredibly, scratches in the surface of a CD or DVD can be fixed with softened wax! As with the toothpaste fix, you can use shoe polish, lip balm, furniture wax, or even petroleum jelly. Again, rub it into the surface of the disc to fill the scratch. With a lint-free cloth, wipe of the excess wax, with a radial action.
Can broken CD be repaired?
Unfortunately, there is no way to permanently repair a CD. Once it’s broken, the CD cannot be restored to its original condition and the CD will be at risk of fracturing completely due to the high speed at which the CD spins in the CD player. This can permanently damage the CD player as well.
How do you fix a DVD player that won’t spin?
Spray three short bursts of WD-40 (or similar lubricant) under the plastic disc that grabs the DVD and pulls it into the motor and drive shaft (it will be a quarter-sized black or gray disc that is attached to the spindle motor). Let settle for a few seconds.