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Disk resurfacing is a convenient service for those that have damaged disks. Disk resurfacing involves buffing the disk to fill in the gaps caused by scratches. The data on a disk is protected by several layers. Sometime shaving a thin layer off is needed for disk resurfacing. By shaving the layer there is no gaps and the disk data can be understood by the laser. The newer the laser the better chance of understanding the disk data.

Not all disks can be resurfaced, Blu Ray disks have data on the very bottom since Blu Ray packs so much data than a normal CD or DVD disk. Minor scratches can be buffed, but deeper scratches normally removed from DVD or CDs cannot not be fixed as a thin layer must be removed. When that layer is removed, data is being removed. Disk resurfacing works for about 90% of disks.

XModdz offers a no fix no fee disk resurfacing. We can do disk resurfacing on the spot as well.

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Doctoring Damaged Video Games

At $50 or $60 a pop, replacing a disk can be costly 

What do the latest video game systems--from Microsoft's Xbox (MSFT ) to Nintendo's GameCube (NTDOY ) to Sony's PlayStation 2 (SNE )--have in common? All run games on disks. And what do all disks have in common? They're susceptible to scratches or scuffs that can cause games to skip, freeze, or fail to load. Music CDs, disk-based computer software, audio minidisks, and DVDs can also be rendered unplayable through mishandling. That's because flaws on the surface can cause the laser that scans the disk to misread data. 

Unfortunately, most kids--and many adults--have difficulty handling disks with proper care. The safest way to handle a CD is to hold it by the edges and immediately return it to its case after using it. Even laying a disk down on a carpet while changing games or wiping off a smudge with a shirtsleeve can do damage. At $50 a pop for the average video game disk, replacement is an expensive option. 

So what do you do when Johnny's GameCube can't read his copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3? First, try to clean the disk with products made expressly for this purpose. Don't attempt to use household cleaners or saliva, which can aggravate the problem. Disk-cleaning kits are available online and at stores that sell video games, DVDs, or music CDs, starting at $5 or less. Kits generally contain an alcohol-based cleaning solution and cloths or pads to wipe the disk. More complicated systems made by Allsop, Discwasher Digital, and Maxell ($7 to $12) provide radial cleaning, a mechanism that allows you to snap in a CD and rotate a disk beneath a cleaning pad by turning a handle. 

If dirt or smudges are the source of the problem, cleaning may do the trick. If the cause is a scratch or scuff, the disk may need resurfacing. A device variously called SkipDoctor, GameDoctor, DataDoctor, or DVDDoctor (Digital Innovations, $29.95) purports to repair and resurface some scratched disks, but results can be mixed. All these units are essentially the same, with different names depending on where they are sold and what type of user they are intended for. As with radial cleaners, you snap a disk in place, spray on a special fluid, and rotate the disk by turning a crank. The difference is that an abrasive pad works with the resurfacing fluid to smooth out scuffs and scratches as the disk is rotated with a crank. A motorized version is also available ($49.99). 

When my 10-year-old son scratched his favorite PlayStation 2 game, NBA Street, I took the damaged disk to a video game store and brought home a GameDoctor. The diagrams included that show how to assemble the unit and snap the disk in place were too small to read easily, and the directions were difficult to follow. After I finally got the unit working, my son's game, which kept freezing at the same point, wouldn't play at all. Many game enthusiasts swear by the GameDoctor, but in this case it didn't solve the problem. 

Disks with deep gouges or with damage to the label side may be beyond repair, but the good news is that most scratches and scuffs are fixable. For one Xbox game, that saves more than $40 over the replacement cost. Within a week of requesting the mailer online, my son's copy of NBA Street was back and working perfectly. He vowed to handle his disks more carefully in the future, but I've ordered an extra Skippy Disc mailer, just in case. 

After repeated use the polycarbonate plastic on discs can become scratched and scuffed, resulting in annoying interruptions or a complete loss of laser detection. Once this happens, cleaning kits are ineffective. The play surface of the disc now requires resurfacing and polishing to operate as intended. 

Disc Repair

With advanced equipment it's possible to restore the play surface of CD's, DVD's, and Game Discs to a virtually flawless condition! 

The repair process is done with high-speed automated precision equipment that uses material specifically tested and proven effective on CD, DVDs, and game discs. The severity of the damage on the disc determines the level of repair needed. 

Our repair technicians inspect each disc to determine the severity of damage and repair it using the appropriate number of refinishing stages. If your disc is badly damaged with deep scratches it will go through several refinishing stages and one polish cycle. 

The initial stage is done with precision sanding that effectively grinds the shiny surface to the depth of the deepest scratch. The subsequent stages are basically the same, but with finer sanding grades that begin to smooth and reshine the surface of the disc. 

The final polish cycle gives your disc the brilliant shiny look allowing for optical clarity needed for uninterrupted laser detection. 

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