Repair Damaged CD/DVD Videogames – Adam Koralik



It’s Adam Koralik here and today we’re discussing disc resurfacing! Exciting, I know. Well, relax a little. Basically, if you have a damaged CD/DVD based game for any console, it may be possible to restore it and bring it back. Today, I’m going to show you how.

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  • It's basically a disc polishing machine?

    Muhammad Abdullah July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Can you make a video on how to rip data on to a computer

    Erik Cobra Kai never Dies July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I have the same machine used in this video. I also have a disc sander called the VMI Quicksand which i use first on discs before I use the Eco Pro. Helps remove scratches that the Eco Pro can't. Also, I use 2 different sets of pads on the Eco Pro. 30 seconds to a minute with regular buffing pads, then I use a pad of extra polishing pads. Makes games look semi mint. Although my setup works great, not all games are repaired, either by really deep scratches, scratches on label side seeping through, or disc for in general.

    Ricky T. July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Where can i buy this machine. Every where i look itscsold out not in stock

    Keith Collins July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • The copy right protection is causing it to fell, those disco fine

    1hardgamer July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • 2020 here did you have anymore luck and would region locks prevent ripping or could ripping device need attention. also no idea what ripping is i just ended up here while eating dinner and now i am invested in outcome.

    Carney Supertramp July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • To much talk no this video sucks it will never be good

    YT_ KingClutch July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • 99.% you can beat the games sadisfied

    yub bois July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I have this Rampage Total Destruction, ok? After booting up the game, after I press the A Button, right when I try to get thru the Logo Intros, the game just crashes and gives me "The Game Disc could not be read." And when I look at it under a light, I see what could be Disc Rot. If that happens, what do I do?

    Broken Shah July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • What store in Ireland would resurface ps2 games

    John Obrien July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I did the toothpaste thing when I was a kid.

    Zombiefan226 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • If you can find a shop that has an eco autosmart or master or something equivalent, you might be able to fix some of those other discs.

    ChicagoPaul2010 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • What about dab of PlastX on a cloth polishing wheel attached to my cordless drill?
    PlastX is like $5 a bottle, and polishing wheels are $5 a unit. $10 solution. lol

    Joseph DiSalvo July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Do you think that maybe the ones that get to 99% are actually legitimately mis-manufactured duds? (Like, imperfection in the factory pressing).
    I assume you handle enough discs as a collector that it has to happen in some percentage of discs.
    Or perhaps there's a certain threshold of error allowed by these consoles? Like the 1% it can't rip is actually unused data? Like an old unused file that happens to be a corrupt bitmap or something they shipped with the game, but didn't actually use or load? Have you compared to other copies of those games?

    Joseph DiSalvo July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • My copy of Xenoblade Chronicles X looks fine but no longer works, it has a small but notable scratch and I don't know what to do.

    I also should notify that my Wii U games got wet with dirty water once and my older brother was in such a bad mood that he refused to reconnect the Wii U to test if the games worked. Months later I reconnected the Wii U to test the games and at the beginning none of them worked until I cleaned them with water and a soft towel but Xenoblade is the one that starts but just a few seconds later a "Disc may be damaged or dirty" error appears and when I quit the game, an Invalid Disc icon appears in the menu.

    Is the small but notable scratch repairable?

    Diego Jose July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Cant do blu ray so no console games

    Me:clicks off video

    JOKER • 40 years ago • Updated July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I used to do professional disc resurfacing and used a LOT of different machines. From what i saw in the video, his machine is more of a light resurfacer/polisher. The best machine I ever used was made by a company called Azura. It used five different grades of very fine sandpaper. It would take off a extremely thin layer from the bottom of disc. The disc would look brand new from extremely heavy scratches and would work perfectly with the following caveats. 1. our machine was good for all dvd based games and movies but would not work with blu ray except for basic cleaning of fingerprints and oils 2. the DVD data is actually coated on the underside of the label, the bottom of the disc (on DVDs and CDs) is just plastic and can be sanded down. However if there was damage to the top of the disc, it would often damage the data underneath. Sometimes you could shine a light on the top of the disc and if pinholes of light came through, the disc is unfixable. 3. Finally, actual cracks in the data portion of the disc would be unfixable. cracks and chipping in the center ring could be fixed with a repair sticker that would just reinforce the center area where there was no data, but that was always hit or miss and could actually damage some players and consoles when it would start to peel off so I really dont recommend those
    I know some companies made machines capable of repairing blu ray, but I never had any experience with those. If you can believe it we used to remove scratches that were far far worse than those Adam showed. The only problem was our machine cost about 5000 dollars. Yet I used to marvel that large rental stores would not invest in them though. Companies like Blockbuster and movie gallery lost a pile of money to scratches and would often just toss the disc. I love physical media but I hate optical media. Give me a cartridge or flash memory any day.

    Ross Chain July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • On a side note: totally agree with ripping for personal use. It's the first thing I do with every retro game I buy – not for piracy, but to be able to never read the disk again and to save it in the best possible state.

    bonfingertip July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Hey Adam, do you know if GGretrogaming can do mods on a PS1 to make it region free?

    Blitzkrieg July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • During a recent live stream or maybe the FigureItOutCast you mentioned doing a 'personal travel blog' was uninteresting.
    I got a laugh out your airport footage

    Lord DaVinci July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I have the JFJ Easy Pro for 5 years now. I repaired every DVD and game in my collection. Its like $130 on Amazon.
    Uses the same polishing process as that $1300 dollar one you showed.

    R. G. July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Hey Adam what software do you use to "test" your CD/ DVD based games. I would like to check a few of my games for the same reason.

    Matt Kitz July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I didn't even realize you can rip a GC game to a PC. I always popped the disc in (the drive has a mini disc reader), and it wouldn't acknowledge the disc. Adam if you see this comment how do you do it?

    Pill Cosby July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I TOOK A MAJORITY OF MY VIDEO GAMES TO GET RESURFACED FOR YEARS:)

    Austin the VHS/Video game lover 05 05 03 McCoy July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Awesome video as ever Adam 😁 – always super informative insightful and helpful!

    Gambit896 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Awesome video bro! I am trying to learn how to make cool videos like this. Woudl luv any suggestions you have 👍👍👍

    Joshb 45 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I use lemon oil. Some hippy told me about it one time at a gaming store and I kid you not it actually works really well.

    Jake's Games N'At July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • ObScure 1 how I fucked that stupid rubbing alcohol! YET ImgBurn read her all the way no hiccup. FMV-heavy game, it tries so hard to read and all FMVs if even play stu-stu-stu-stutter.. yeh not flawless just cuz PC reads it laser much more fierce I take it o.0

    mistamontiel00 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • I have that machine and u CAN do Blu ray ps3, Wii U etc. I’ve done them. There’s a button u press and it switches it to BD mode and uses extra solution.

    magog123 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • My dad has something smaller to restore scratched disc

    Bolt 3887 July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • the ol toothpaste method got me nostalgic for a second

    Ryan Krause July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • What program do you use to rip /verifi games?

    Moandain Designs July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply
  • Disc Doctor FUCKED UP my Halo 2 disc back in the day. For funsies I tried it on my perfectly working Halo 2 disc and it just made it completely unplayable.

    Spaghettaboutit July 1, 2020 3:07 am Reply

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