Repairing a scratched disc at home

Tips to repair a scratched disk at home

Updated: November 22, 2022

Almost everyone has wondered how to repair a scratched disk. The first thing to do is to determine if the disk can be repaired. If it has chips or deep scratches from mechanical influences, it is better to throw it away. On the other hand, in some cases, it may be enough to simply wipe the disc surface with a soft cloth to make it work. 

Attention! Do not use wool or other hard cloth for this purpose. These materials leave lint and fluff on the disc, which can also scratch it. Also, do not use cleaners with abrasive substances. These will damage the protective jacket of the disc. 

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the disc. It is very common for DVDs to fail due to high temperatures. It sometimes happens that a CD is released already scratched. Scratches on the disc also occur due to the use of defective disc drives of computers and game consoles. In such a case, the device must be repaired to avoid damaging the new discs. 

Recovering a scratched disk with special programs

The first and quite effective way to restore a scratched disk is to use special programs. You can find a lot of them on the Internet. Many manufacturers provide free programs. 

This software allows you to recover deleted and lost data from formatted disks. It also recovers data from scratched or even defective disks. You can work with all types of CDs and DVDs: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW. 

The principle of such programs is as follows: 

  • The program is installed on the computer; 
  • The OS creates a disk image; 
  • The software allows you to copy information from the disk. 

Unfortunately, this method also has a disadvantage. Most of these programs are written for Windows. Therefore, Linux or Mac owners must look for similar software in special forums and communities. Use the program to fix your scratched disk only if your computer or another device detects it. Or otherwise, turn to online help to recover the necessary files. 

Restoring a scratched disk using improvised means

Restoring a scratched disk using improvised means


One of the most popular ways to restore the performance of a CD is to use toothpaste. Below you can find detailed instructions: 

  • Take the scratched disk and wipe its surface with a soft cloth (you can use handkerchiefs); 
  • Do not push or force the disk. Otherwise, you may damage the disk; 
  • Apply toothpaste to a soft cloth; 
  • Spread the toothpaste evenly on the disc; 
  • Wait 10-15 minutes; 
  • Remove the toothpaste under running water; 
  • Wipe the disk with a paper towel or tissue; 
  • Check the disc surface for scratches, and repeat the procedure if necessary.

Do not use toothpaste with bleaching ingredients and various crystals. 

If the scratches on the disk were shallow, the disk would likely work at least temporarily. Do not waste that time. When the computer detects the disk, you should immediately copy the information from it to the hard drive or memory card. 

Banana pulp

The second way to restore a scratched disk using improvised means is to rub its surface with banana pulp. After that, you should also rinse the disk under running water and then wipe it with a soft cloth or let it dry. If necessary, repeat the procedure. 

A combined method is also used. To do this, first, rub the disk with banana pulp and then apply toothpaste to it.

Recovering data from a damaged drive

You can restore a disk after a virus attack and copy information from it either by yourself or with the assistance of online support. To help you, online specialists use special utilities to detect and remove viruses and Trojan horses. After that, file recovery programs are run. Next, you can copy important information to external memory devices. 

When checking a scratched disk, don’t forget to check your computer’s hard drive for viruses. It will help avoid reinfection of your storage media. 

Do not reuse a damaged disk. Even if you manage to repair it, it will not last long. 

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