If you have a big collection of Xbox discs and have not used them for a while, chances are that they may not work properly when you try to run them. Some might have got scratched during the years. Before you throw them away, here is a list of things you can try to get them going once again.

  1. Stuck because Unused

It is possible that the disc is fine but the reader in your Xbox has got stuck because of years of stagnation. In this case, you can try a simple trick to make it work again. The reader inside the Xbox works by ejecting out a laser light and reading from the CD.

  • Try turning off the power and remove the disc.
  • Then, turn on the power.
  • Now, try to open and close the CD tray about 20 to 30 times with a one-second break.
  • This is to make it run because many times they get unstuck and it starts to read again.
  • But, if this does not work, proceed to the below ways.
  1. Polish the CD

It is often found that specs of dust or even layers of dust cover the CD on the reading side, not the label making it useless inside the tray.

  • Get a brush, like a makeup brush.
  • First, clean the inside of the CD tray in your Xbox.
  • Then clean the read side and the complete CD with the brush.
  • You can first just blow to remove the specs, and then use a soft brush.
  1. Polish with a Microfiber

You can also use another way to polish the read side. With this method, you can also polish some fine scratches that might appear on it.

  • Use something like the ones you use to clean your eye-glasses with or simply toilet paper.
  • Dampen it a bit. You may even use a solution.
  • Now, slowly clean or polish the shiny side of the CD.
  • Do not use force, just slightly. If you are using toilet paper, do not let it break into pieces.
  1. Rinse and Dry it Now Properly

Often with any kind of polishing or even simple rinsing, the CD can be cleaned properly. Often, this helps it get rid of oil deposits too.

  • So, after you have polished it, just rinse it under running water.
  • You can even directly rinse it under running tap water, save the label side which is not needed.
  • Then, you have to dry it properly.
  • Use another micro-fiber or lint-free cloth to dry it. Note that even dry toilet paper is abrasive to the CD, so avoid it.
  1. Soap and Water

This is the rinsing method that will help remove the dirt and oil at the same time. Further, you can also use a microfiber cloth to slightly polish the places that have scratches, gently.

  • First, prepare a wet piece of cloth with the soap solution.
  • Now, move your cloth from the center towards the edge, in straight lines, not circles. Make the move from the middle towards outside.
  • Rinse it under running water now.
  • Use a cloth to dry it.


  • If you want to polish the areas near the scratches, use the cloth when wet (or soapy) and just scrub gently on the scratches.
  • Avoid any circular motions or too much movement in other areas near the scratch. You can even use the tip of a cotton swab for precision.

CD cleaning kits are wonderful.

Can you repair a scratched Xbox game?

You also can take the disc to a local DVD rental store or used video game store and see if they offer a disc repair service. These stores normally have a professional disc repair machine they use to repair scratched discs. Be prepared to pay a small fee, but many stores will repair your disc for free.

How do you fix an unreadable Xbox 360 disc?

What do you do when your Xbox disc is unreadable?
  1. Check your profile. Make sure that you’re using the same profile that you used to purchase the game.
  2. Clean your disc. Remove the disc you’re trying to run from your console.
  3. Transfer the game license to your console.
  4. Reinstall the game.

Is it possible to fix a scratched game disc?

Surface-level scratches can often be fixed using a substance like petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or toothpaste, though deeper scratches are impossible to fix. Keep in mind that any repairs to a scratched disc are usually temporary; you’ll most likely have to replace the disc at some point.

Can you install a scratched Xbox 360 game?

The answer is yes, if you install the game to the hard drive. If the disk is scratched, not working. It’ll still play just fine.

Does toothpaste actually fix scratches?

Yes, toothpaste can remove minor paint scratches. Here’s how it works. A standard toothpaste (not a gel toothpaste) has a minor grit to it which helps buff out the scratches. Typically, minor scratches are only on the clear coat over your actual paint.

Can I download an Xbox 360 game if I have the disc?

After installing a game on your hard drive, you still need to have the game disc in the disc drive when you start the game. You can install games to a USB flash drive or to an Xbox 360 4 GB console. However, some games will not play correctly. Original Xbox games cannot be installed on an Xbox 360 hard drive.

Can you play Xbox 360 games from USB?

Installing an Xbox 360 game on a hard drive requires between 4 and 8 gigabytes (GB) of free disk space. You can install games to a USB flash drive or to an Xbox 360 4 GB console. However, some games will not play correctly. Original Xbox games cannot be installed on an Xbox 360 hard drive.

Can you mod an Xbox 360?

There are no softmods for the Xbox 360; posts asking about a softmod will be removed!

Is JTAG illegal?

It is completely legal to have one. Its only illegal if you use it to get free games, modify gameplay, etc. There is way more things you can do with a jtag/rgh/devkit than just modifying online/offline gameplay.

Can you JTAG an Xbox 360 without soldering?

Items you will need

Installing the JTAG mod by way of USB, however, requires no soldering and is much easier and faster. Go to “System Settings” on your console and choose “Memory Devices.” Copy your gamer profile to your USB flash drive.

Can Xbox one be modded?

For Xbox One, there is a very convenient feature that can help you with your modding. Microsoft has introduced an application called Xbox Play Anywhere. This application allows you to play your Xbox games on your PC. Before you can start modding Xbox games, you need Xbox games to mod.

Can I get aimbot on Xbox?

To get aimbot on Xbox you must use a keyboard mouse controller adapter called the Xim Apex, this allows you to have console cheats that will work on any console and will take around 20 minutes to set up correctly.

Can you money drop on Xbox one?

There are currently no modded lobbies on Xbox One or PS4. The only way to get money is to do so before you transfer by using a recovery service or modded lobby, you can pay someone to do an account on last gen for you which you then transfer to Xbox One but you cannot get into a modded lobby.

Can Xbox one be Jtagged?

So far there isn’t real hardware mods like the JTag/RGH on the Xbox 360. You can soft-mod it by enabling the developer settings making your Xbox One into a developer console. Then you can code apps/games for it but it is still very limited compared to the PS4’s soft-mod exploits.

Can my Xbox get a virus?

No it is pretty much impossible to get a virus on the Xbox One. Some people mistake it as a possibility due to the Windows-like architecture but the Internet Explorer app does not download data, so on that front, you are safe.

Can you play pirated games on Xbox one?

Modern consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 have yet to be cracked to run homebrew software (let alone pirated games, or other system ports), so as of right now there’s no way to run any unsigned code on either of these consoles.

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