Xbox 360 Hs become too old to be called the flagship from Microsoft anymore, yet there are many things that are quite natural about it. It is there with people around the globe and they love it. But, to be able to plug it in and enjoy a game today, you will need the drivers and game discs, which may or may not be in a very good condition or available in new at your location. Here is how to fix an old scratched Xbox 360 disc.
- Know What These Discs do
It is worthwhile to spend a few lines to explain to you guys how these laserdiscs work, so that that you don’t end up destroying them in the process of making them look new.
- Xbox reads the Xbox discs to gather data and runs it, using the laser light.
- Once a disc is scratched badly, the laser light gets refracted resulting in bad data read, skipping or even unreadable.
- There are ways to clean up a scratched disc so that the laser light can read it.
- But, this is always a bet, a risky thing to try.
- However, when you don’t have any other option, it is still worth giving a try.
- Rinse the Disc Properly
This process is the most commonly used one because you have everything you need right beside you. All you need is a little toothpaste, care, and patience.
- Rinse off the CD under running water to rid it of dirt, etc, you may use your fingers slightly.
- You may use warm water, dip it for some time and then try to rinse it off.
- The labels may come off and that is okay.
- Check if there are physical cracks, which means, just let it go.
- Use a Microfiber Cloth to Dry it
Once you have rinsed it properly like above, dry it using a microfiber cloth. Remember the below steps when doing this.
- You softly touch the disc and start from the center.
- Gently use straight stroked from the center towards the edge.
- Avoid circular strokes along the radius of the disc to prevent more damage.
- Apply the Right Kind of Toothpaste
The toothpaste works by sanding out the rough edges of the plastic after a scratch. This helps the laser to not get refracted and be able to read the data.
Use plain white toothpaste with baking soda in it, this composition is important
- Avoid these modern gel based and those with crystals for freshness, whitening, etc. They are dangerous to the disc.
- Apply a small amount directly to the area of the scratch.
- Use a Cotton Swab for Sanding
In this process, you use a cotton swab to gently, lightly make a circular motion on the scratch, along the complete length of the scratch. It should go away. Then, repeat this for all the scratches.
- The cotton swab is your sandpaper.
- Use this to gently make a circular motion on the toothpaste over the scratch, rubbing softly.
- Do a small section, and move along the length of the scratch.
- Mind not to apply much force.
- You can see the scratch gradually disappearing and then you must stop.
- Remember to rinse it and dry it off afterward just like before.
- Use of Lip Balm or Chapstick
Another method involves using another daily household item, a lip balm. This must be used when you do not have the right kind of toothpaste as we spoke about earlier.
- A lip balm is not used to sand the scratches, but to fill them up.
- You have to first perform the rinsing and drying process as given above.
- Bring a plain lip balm that does not have any color, glitter, etc, just plain.
- Just run the lip balm stick on the scratch using an up and down motion.
- Use the Soft Cloth to Remove it
Once done properly, the next step is to remove the excess of the balm using a soft cloth. This is used to buff the balm in circular motions.
- Use a soft microfiber cloth to buff the balm in circular motions.
- Remove the excess of the balm.
- You should not be able to notice the scratches anymore or very faint.
- Try the disc now and see if it works.
- Now, a Magic Eraser
You all have heard of Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. You can find it in most major supermarkets because it is a cheap household item. You may even find other off-brands for a lot cheaper.
- Make sure this is a melamine foam eraser; write it down, “melamine”.
- Use the eraser to sand the scratches making strokes from center to outwards the edge.
- Use just straight lines.
- Apply slight force but not much too actually erase of the entire layer from the disc.
- Just sand away the scratches gently.
- Now, Rinse it Again
You very well know the drill by now. You just make use of normal running water and rinse the disc well.
- Run the disc under the tap water, no more is required.
- When drying use a microfiber cloth and the same straight lines as before.
- Move in straight lines from the center towards the edge, not along the radius.
- Try the disc now and see if it works.
- Use a Disc Repair Tool
In most electronic stores you can buy this hardware that called disc repair tools. They are available in brands like SkipDr.
- Rinse the disc as before, and dry it.
- Follow the instructions of the tool you have purchased.
- Most of them have a spray liquid to be sprayed evenly on the road side.
- Then put the disc in the tool, check the instructions.
- A soft cloth to wipe it off later.
- The scratch will be nearly or completely gone with the toothpaste sanding, even if it doesn’t do not repeat or apply force.
- You may swap the lip balm with simple petroleum jelly like Vaseline too, anything that is plain.
Be sure to remove all the excess balm and dry it off.