World's Crappiest Drives (was Re: A&J Microdrive)

From: Michael Nadeau <>
Date: Thu Dec 7 12:28:52 2000

I believe someone used to sell a kit to remove minor scratches, but I can't
vouch for its effectiveness. I think places like Radio Shack still sell
cleaning kits; try one of those to see if it helps with your skipping

I would not try to rub out scratches by hand unless you were truly
desperate. While you might remove the scratch, you will likely create
unevenness on the disc's surface that might affect the drive's ability to
read the refracted light.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sellam Ismail" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: World's Crappiest Drives (was Re: A&J Microdrive)

> On Thu, 7 Dec 2000, John Foust wrote:
> > Hmm. And how much plastic has to be scratched off before the foil is
> > exposed, and how wide of a scratch on either Al or Au will blow
> > away data, given the ECC? If a CD gets scratched, oxidation
> > won't happen for a while. Will I notice the scratch before
> > it's too late? Am I mistreating archival CDs in the first place?
> Speaking of a witch, what's that method I heard about a long time ago
> whereby you can sand out the scratches on a music CD to make it not skip
> anymore? Something about using a real fine abrasive element?
> Is this possible? One of my favourite CDs skips terribly on one track and
> it really pisses me off, especially when I'm supposed to be mellowing out.
> Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer
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> International Man of Intrigue and Danger
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