DVD disc repair and repair of other optical discs are requirements when these media have degraded or have been damaged.
Optical media are not indestructible and why proper storage of the media and proper handling are required. These ensure the preservation of the media and valuable digital scrapbooking projects and other digital information such as videos and photographs.
Perhaps the principal way that optical discs are physically damaged is because of poor handling. Poor handling of optical media can lead to CD scratches or DVD scratches and CD and DVD scratch repair methods will be required. One such repair method that has been mentioned is using toothpaste to repair scratches.
The delamination of disc layers, disc warping, disc cracking, and disc breakage, are problems that can occur with optical disc media. For CDs and DVDs affected by these problems, DVD disc repair or disc repair for CDs and other types of optical discs are a requirement to make the discs playable or readable.
Contamination of disc surfaces with fingerprints, dust, or other debris, is a common occurrence. To address the problem of surface debris and fingerprints on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, cleaning compact discs and a proper disc cleaner are required.
Another source of damage to optical media can be caused by the storage enclosure. For CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, the best storage enclosure is a regular size jewel case. Jewel cases made of polypropylene instead of the common polystyrene are also available. The polypropylene jewel cases are more rigid and will not shatter like the standard jewel cases. Avoid using storage enclosures such as thin jewel cases or sleeves made of paper or plastic. These can lead to physical or chemical damage of the disc. DVD disc repair or other disc repair may be necessary if storing optical discs in enclosures that are not recommended.
The placement of adhesive labels on the top of CDs and DVDs is a common method that these media are damaged. If a CD or a DVD has an adhesive label on it, either in the short term or in the long term, the disc will be negatively affected. DVD or CD repair likely requires the removal of the label for the media to function properly. Label removal must be performed carefully; otherwise the disc will be irreversibly damaged.
The storage environment can promote the degradation of optical media. A storage environment that is high in pollutants can lead to disc rot or corrosion of the metal layer in CDs, DVDs, and other optical disc formats.
Elevated temperature, elevated relative humidity, and light exposure can all lead to deteriorated optical discs. Recordable CDs, DVDs, and some Blu-rays, use dyes to store the digital information. Some of the dyes used are less stable and will degrade quickly under elevated temperature and relative humidity or too much light exposure. Erasable materials use a different technology to store information. The above factors can affect these discs as well.
When degradation of the recording material occurs, DVD disc repair or any other optical disc repair cannot restore the disc to the point where the information is retrievable.
In addition to the above stated problems, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, may not play properly simply because of player or drive problems and player or drive repair is required. Sometimes when reading or playing a disc, a no disc error appears even though there is a disc in the drive. This is usually caused by a dirty lens. The equipment may also damage the optical media as discussed at the circular scratches page.
Optical discs that are partially or fully unreadable may become readable with the use of recover data from CD software. This type of software comes in a variety of forms and useful to have on hand when dealing with problematic CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays.