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Is it possible to recover a scratched disc?

Posted 14 November 2006 16:22 CET by geno888

How many times have you faced this problem? A little distraction is sufficient and your children will destroy your favorite DVDs.Is it possible to recover scratched discs? An article published by telegram.com claims that this is possible thanks to the OptoClear 60 Elite.According to Daniel A. Diotte, CEO of VenMill Industries who developed this patented system, the OptoClear 60 Elite is an indispensable companion for video rental businesses, libraries and schools. However, with a price of $ 1,000 it's very unlikely that this device will be purchased for a family usage.How it works? Basically, this device heats the disc to 150 degrees Fahrenheit while a cotton flannel buffing wheel turns against the disc at 7,500 revolutions per minute.Mr. Diotte claimed that this system will work also on high-definition discs.Source: telegram.com  
IsoBuster
New Member
Posted on: 14 Nov 06 22:20
FYI: Dennis Faas, from Infopackets, also wrote a couple of articles on this topic: http://www.smart-projects.net/tips.php?tips_page=6
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CDan
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 14 Nov 06 22:57
Kids, DO NOT do this with a recordable disc. 150' is way too hot, and will erase the disc.
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I Have Piles
CD Freaks Senior Member
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 00:06
Use T-Cut car paint colour restorer, just rub the disc with a soft cloth and buff the scratches out, it works a treat.
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Crabbyappleton
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 03:00
I wonder if it is true that people take out scratches on rentals with peanut butter...then someone allergic to peanuts gets the disc next..and they have to go to the emergency room! :d :c
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123HKY
New on Forum
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 08:40
Heat will damage the data layer. The disc w/ a scratch will have C2 errors, heat it up and the scratch is gone and now you have Cu errors :d Bad idea :B
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Dick Rivett
New on Forum
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 15:09
car wax works great. It fills in the scratches so the laser can read it correctly.
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erzug
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 19:11
I've been using Plexus for a few years now - on my son's CD's when they can't be played. Usually Plexus it, copy and re-burn. Also has helped with DVD rentals that stutter and skip. After just one treatment, I can at least watch the movie without having to return it for a replacement, or rental credit. Can't find it in any of my local stores so I order from JC Whitney online.
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Wesociety
CD Freak
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 19:16
"Mr. Diotte claimed that this system will work also on high-definition discs." They may want to reevaluate that statement... Due to the Blu-ray disc format storing data much closer to the surface of the disk, it is very likely that their "restoration process" would damage the original data. :S
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Crabbyappleton
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 19:46
Wesociety sez: Due to the Blu-ray disc format storing data much closer to the surface of the disk, it is very likely that their "restoration process" would damage the original data. Hmmm...looks like another one of the HD DVD "fanboys" has arrived! :r
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Wesociety
CD Freak
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 19:57
Surrrre buddy, we all know that Mr. appleton is the king BluBalls fanatic. :r :r :r
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cd pirate
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 15 Nov 06 20:26
Well 150F is not that hot. It would take a lot more to melt the CD I would think. The I idea is ok. It just takes of layers of the plastic until the scratches are gone I would think. But if it makes the disc uneven there could be problems there.
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vishman23
New on Forum
Posted on: 20 Nov 06 22:04
I just read the same article and you missed one piece of the puzzle.... The company is also offering a consumer version of their product for $259. Also, if you all read the article, the heat affects the protective layer that's found on all optical discs. If a scratch penetrates this layer and actually hits the data, there's no way to get it back - no matter the technology. However, most scratches aren't that deep. Since these guys have been in the business for a while, I'd think they'd know that 150 degrees isn't "too hot."
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 07:26
Nothing seems to work on my CD!! Someone HELP! The CD has all of my sons pictures AND NO back up
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 09:34
Well Bear unfortunatly CD error correction is hardware dependent. You really need the best drive(s) and software to do this correctly and depending upon the damage to ths disc some data maybe lost. I suggest taking the time and reading thru the forum posts here at CDfreaks and see if you have the best Hardware and Sfaotware for this...or pay a professional.
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 11:29
I had a DVD that seemed unreadable. I tried it on 3 other DVD drives, but it turned out that only an old Plextor drive could read it. Stronger laser strength? Don't do anything hasty with your CD trying to fix it such as putting it under 150 degree heat. Try reading the contents on a friend's drive. You could also try CD/DVD recovery software like ISOBuster (download a trial version). Good luck!
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ferd
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 12:27
I haven't tried it since it became DVD Fab HD Decrypter, but DVD Fab Decrypter used to be good at reading damaged disks. Better than other software like DVD Shrink and others. Sometimes it would be verrrryyy ssssllllooowww and take a long time, but in many cases (not all) it would work where other software failed, on the same drive.
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 13:13
DVD Fab is only for DVDsand it is strictly meant for copying (copy protected) discs. It doesn't recover any data it just has some *smart" ways of getting theur CU (unreadable Sectors. This guy needs a CD recovery tool...as suggested above Plextor (my fav writers as they have the best Error Correction and follow the ISO specs to the T) and a redundant software reader such as ISObuster. Usually the best way is to use multiple drives as EDC/ECC can vary from drive to drive. As for "heating" discs from the start I said this invention was utter *crap* as it will permently damge the disc and put them out of book spec
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ferd
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 10 Dec 08 18:31
Who is "this guy"? geno 888? It's an article about recovering disks. I still think that one way of "recovering" a damaged Movie disk that is unreadable would to be to use DVD Fab or DVD Fab HD Decrypter (if it works for that) and make a copy of the disk. Some of the data would be lost, but at least you would have *something*.
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 11 Dec 08 01:50
Bear was asking about damaged CD Data formatted disc. As for damaged DVDV you are better off using ISOuster or other recovery apps. DVD Fab is simply not meant for that, it only works on "known" protections (i.e. damged sectors) ARccOSS, RipGuard, FluxDVD etc.
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Blu-rayFreak
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 11 Dec 08 02:38
ISOBuster is definitely worth a try for damaged discs.
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