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#1 winsordawson

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:04 AM

I know the common way to clean CDs (cleaning fluid, static-less cloth, etc), but can water be used as well? I would think water could only damage a CD if it were hot enough to warp it. Or would water at any temperature destroy the outer coating?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:12 AM

water from a tap may not be good if you have alot of impurities....(hard water)

usually dish soap and luke warm distilled water is the best but if you have decent tap water it should hurt.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:28 AM

water from a tap may not be good if you have alot of impurities....(hard water)

usually dish soap and luke warm distilled water is the best but if you have decent tap water it should hurt.


You mean "decent tap water shouldn't hurt," right? Is bottled commercial water (Poland Spring) distilled?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:00 PM

i'm sorry typo. correct decent tap water should not hurt.

most commercially bottled water is filtered so it should be okay as well.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:26 PM

I just use tap water and dry with an old T-shirt, seems to do the job.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:32 PM

I just use tap water and dry with an old T-shirt, seems to do the job.

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@ hamluis The ole T shirt trick huh? They do come in handy for a lot of things don't they! :thumbsup: LOL!

@ meuchel The dish soap trick also works well with removing the oils left behind by the human hands and fingers though!

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:19 PM

ive also heard that you are only supposed to clean your cd's by wiping from the center to the outside edge, not around in a circle. is this true?

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:31 PM

ive also heard that you are only supposed to clean your cd's by wiping from the center to the outside edge, not around in a circle. is this true?


100% true.

The reason being the data tracks spiral around the disk from the inside out, by cleaning a disk in the same direction as the tracks, runs the risk of creating scratches that follow the data tracks continuously resulting in the risk of numerous bits of data being corrupted in a row, causing read errors.

By wiping from the middle out wards only runs the risk of corrupting one bit of data per cycle, the drive can still make out what the data is supposed to be even with that one bit missing and resume.

Too much data missing causes the drive to try to make sense of what it has and sometimes loses its way and stalls on that area, looking for more data, which does not exist.
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