Extreme CD Repair

This method is the most extremely effective way on bringing back unreadable and heavily scratched CD's but a word of CAUTION! it is also the most risky and dangerous!

You need the following to begin with.

1. A Gas Stove
2. Cotton Towel
3. Pot with 2 inch of water.
4. Fork.

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Step 1: Position the Fork Into the CD.

You need to insert the two tooth of the fork into the center of the CD.
Make sure that the fork doesn't change the CD's contour too much, and it must be straight and even.

Step 2: Carefully Heat the CD Into a Low Flame.

You must take extreme care with this process, since it'll easily destroy your
CD if you have no control. Spin all around the CD into the flame, until the heat
is evenly distributed.

The CD will slightly bend in the middle and in it's sides, but not too much, else the CD
is all f*cked up.

Step 3: Boil Your CD.

Boil the CD for 5 minutes, so the uneven sides will be contoured by hot water to straighten up. Cover it.
The CD will float by the boiling water, so don't worry about it touching any hot metal surfaces of the pot.

Using a fork, fish the CD out, then put it in a towel, where you dry it up from the center outwards.

And it's done!
The CD is as good as new!

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    74 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 3

    I tried this on my windows vista CD and you ruined it. It just melted the CD. thanks a lot.

    13 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Think of it as a good thing. Now you never have to commit suicide due to mental trauma from vista - Vista owner.


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    Vista isn't that bad as long as you have a good bit of memory. Most people only make jokes about Vista because it's become such a widespread thing. Xp is great but vista is good as well


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    it is more like u ruined it u are the one who tried this method so it is your fault. so look in the mirror before u point fingers.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, there was a disclaimer before doing this, and you should've known better to cook your CD over a flame...


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    like sumplesnoob said, why in the hell are you going to use a CD that you are going to use again for your FIRST TIME TRYING? thats just plain dumb. when doing an instructable like this don't use something you really need -.-


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    First of all, why didn't you try it on a CD that doesn't cost over 100 dollars before the Vista CD? Second of all, if you were reading this tutorial, your CD was ruind in the first place. Don't blame this on people that try to help.


    7 years ago on Step 3

    If your old enough to remember magazines that came with cd content warped discs were a common problem boiling them really does work at getting them to read. I've never tried a gas flame to refinish a scratched cd though so I can't comment there.

    Two dollars at a lot of video rental places will get you a resurfaced CD.
    I've tried a ton of techniques and this seems doubtful for success.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i do think it WILL repair the CD after reading jessifu's comment down there. but maybe after boiling the CD, wait for it to cool down cus' taking it straight away when the water still boiled may bent the cd..... someone aggree? ps: i'm not yet trying this instructable at home for financial and health safety..... lol

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    oh... or maybe try boiling it only. (without open flame heating) boiling it will still melt the polymer into its original shape isn't it?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The flame is meant to melt the bottom layer (the one that is scratched)
    The boiling is to return the discs original shape.

    The boiling wont fix your scratches if I understand how this works (I didn't try it since it's been quite a while since I had scratched discs)