DVD and CD cleaning : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary
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DVD and CD cleaning
To keep DVDs (Digital Video Discs)
and CDs (Compact Discs)
working properly, both the discs and the drives have to be spotlessly clean.
The good news is, even when a DVD
(Digital Video Disc
) is badly scratched, the data are usually still perfectly intact buried in the plastic. You just have to buff away
or fill in the scratches in the surface plastic to have the disc good as new.
- Never touch the underside of a DVD
or CD (Compact Disc). Don’t
lay discs face down on your desk. Put them in something designed to store
DVDs/CDs without scratching.
- To label a disc, write on the top side only. Do not use a ball point pen or
sticky labels. Use a Sharpie fine tip
permanent marker. For elegant labeling, use LightScribe discs.
- You can clean the DVDs
themselves with some Windex or similar glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth such
as the 3M ScotchBrite. Paper tissues will scratch. You can also buy special kits to
clean DVD and CD
discs that are basically a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a cloth at inflated
price. The advantage of the microfibre cloth over a Kleenex is it will not leave
any lint behind.
are made of plastic and scratch easily. There are various kits you can buy to
repair scratches on DVDs
such as the Memorex Optifix ProSkip
Dr. Motorized AutoMax Scratch Repair System.
- You can safely clear the dust out of your DVD
or CD drive with a blast of compressed air from a can.
- Cleaning the inside of the drive requires a special
with little brushes poking out of it that you moisten with isopropyl alcohol,
such as the Memorex Laser Lens Cleaner For DVD or the Allsop Ultra Pro Carbon-Edge DVD and CD-Drive Cleaner (that uses carbon
fibres to drain away static). Some products are designed for
CD drives, some for
DVD and some for
both. Don’t try to clean the drive with a Q-Tip or foam swab since the
innards of the drive are delicate and precisely aligned.
- There are expensive heavy duty machines such as the Azuradisk
that can handle hundreds of discs an hour for disc repair businesses.
- You can find sources for DVD/CD cleaners, DVD/CD scratch repair and DVD/CD
drive cleaners by refining this Google search. Products that
clean the discs are called disc cleaners. Products that
fill in the scratches are called disc repair kits.
Products that clean the drive are called lens cleaners.