Ways to Fix a Scratched Video Game CD

Getting a scratch on your favorite video game can be extremely annoying, but fortunately there are some things you can do to fix a scratched video game CD.

Nowadays there are many companies online and even some video game shops that all claim to fix scratched video game CD's for a price. If you don't wish to pursue this option then, in many cases, you can return the game and get a replacement. However, if you damaged the CD yourself then you'll have to fork out for a new copy, but before you run to the store to try to return your game, or buy another copy there are some things you can do to try to fix a scratched video game CD yourself.

Ensure the CD has no major scratches

  • If you're trying to fix a scratched video game CD with major scratches, ones that are more than one millimeter deep or wide, then you might as well give up now as the task is impossible; the CD will have lost too much data. In this case you should take the CD back to the shop and try returning it as damaged goods. Don't take any attitude from the staff and be prepared to see the manager if necessary. Rather than asking for a full refund ask for an exchange instead; most shops will be willing to do this so they don't lose your valued custom.

The detergent method

  • To fix a scratched video game CD with minor scratches you can use dishwasher detergent. First apply a small amount of dishwasher detergent to the disc and, using lukewarm water and a soft cloth, wipe the disc clean from its center to its outer edge, not in a circular pattern. Rinse the disc well to remove any detergent and grime, shake off any excess water and pat dry with the soft, clean cloth. Finally, replace the disc back in the game console and see if it worked. If the CD still doesn't work then you need to either get a shop to rebuff the CD or purchase your own automated skip fixer.

Rebuffing the CD

  • Many game stores will fix a scratched video game CD by rebuffing it, often charging between ten and twenty dollars. If you want to save yourself some money in the long run it may be worthwhile looking online for an automated skip fixer, which can be purchased for around twenty dollars. Once you have your automated skip fixer follow the instructions that come with it carefully and your game should be as good as new.