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Ripping Scratched CD's, Success story
Destron
post Jun 1 2003, 03:52
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Just here to report that I have had some new luck ripping CD's with scratches on the printed side.

As I rip my entire CD collection, I have noticed that there are more problems with CD's that have a silver face with only minimal black printing as they get scratched on the printed side. I have now had some success by applying the white-out tape over the scratch. This helps the laser reflect off the back surface and read the data correctly. CD's that would not rip properly in EAC previously now rip fine.

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post Jun 1 2003, 10:05
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hmm, interesting, I'll have to try that. I've got a handful of CDs with several types of damage on the individual discs, and I'm quite sure the label-side scratches are the biggest impediment to ripping them. Read-side stuff is usually pretty simple to take care of with the motorized SkipDoctor, but that still leaves some of them in a very troublesome state because of the scratches on the other side. I'll pick some of the tape up and see if it'll save any of them. Been looking for used copies of some of them for years without much luck.
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post Jun 1 2003, 10:14
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Good find!

Some people have also mentioned using other ways to fix the reflective layer. Silver fel tip pens and whatnot. Of course there is always the risk that the glue or paint from whatever is used on the printed side slowly corrodes the refletive layer further. It's important to remember this if one wants to keep on using that disc later on and not just make one perfect rip. Also, be careful with tape, as it might get stuck inside your player.

I think there are some cd repair kits that are meant for this as well (reflective layer repair). Anybody have any experiences with them?

As for the transparent layer on the play side, I have had very good results with Skip Doctor in evening out some of the bigger errors. It's not a miracle cure, but it can help in many cases.

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post Jun 1 2003, 16:57
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Re-labeling them with the stick-on paper disks (like Neato) should work (also). The adhesive used is without a doubt, safe for pre-labeled (silk screened) disks.

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post Jun 2 2003, 09:25
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QUOTE (Halcyon @ Jun 1 2003 - 02:14 AM)
As for the transparent layer on the play side, I have had very good results with Skip Doctor in evening out some of the bigger errors. It's not a miracle cure, but it can help in many cases.

yeah, some extreme cases I've had to run it through the Skip Doctor half a dozen or more times to start getting good reads. I've got the regular green discs and the orange 'dreamcast' discs too with the finer sandpaper. I usually use the orange one after I've used the green one, just to give it a bit better finish.
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