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Digital Innovations SkipDr DVD and CD Motorized Disc Repair System
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- Fixes scratched DVD, CD, PS1, PS2, XBOX & XBOX 360, Wii optical disks to eliminate skipping, freezing & distortion
- Radial resurfacing is scientifically-proven to completely repair most minor play-side scratches
- Process smoothes surface scratches to renew the disc's protective layer, leaving disc data unaffected
- Patented FlexiWheel repairs up to 25 discs and works gently enough to safely repair the same disc multiple times
- Includes SkipDr Rejuvenating Fluid, blue drying cloth, and felt buffing square (Packed inside the handle of the unit)
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The SkipDR motorized disc repair system is an automated device that can fix minor scratches to CDs and DVDs. It can repair up to 25 discs using a patented FlexiWheel, and resurfacing fluid to smooth the surface of damaged discs. The patented FlexiWheel, with its unique microfrictional surface, uniformly repairs damaged discs without losing data. As well as handling standard optical discs, the SkipDR can also repair discs for: PlayStation 1 and 2; XBOX / XBOX 360, and the Nintendo Wii. The repair kit contains: a FlexiWheel, rejuvenating fluid, and a special drying cloth and felt buffing square (Packed inside the unit).
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TIP: The "cleaning solution" that comes with this machine is just distilled water with a little bit of rubbing alcohol ;) So you don't need to order any more bottles online. Just mix like 95 parts water to 5 parts rubbing alcohol.
It's important to understand what this thing does. Basically, you start with a CD or DVD with minor surface damage on the bottom side (which is where the laser hits it). The scratches have sharp edges, which cause the laser light to scatter, and you have read errors. This device will lightly sand down the plastic surface, evening it out, taking scratches out, and creating a radial pattern. Then you take the felt pad and buff out the pattern so it is less likely to cause light scattering. The result is a "scuffed up" disc that is covered with tiny scratches, but the original damage is sanded off. The laser can, for the most part, see right through these minor scratches and "hazing" since it focuses _below_ the surface.
So, the idea is to basically scratch out the scratches. How well it turns out is affected, in large part, by how diligent you are with the felt pad. Also, for the first stage, you _must_ use enough of the spray to keep the disc wet; if you let it run dry and keep cranking the abrasive wheel will produce deep radial scratches and it will be hard to buff them out; you may wind up doing more damage then the original damage you are trying to fix, and it will take you forever to try to get them out.
If the scratches or gouges are deep, you may have to run it through a few times. If they are very deep, it just won't work. If there is damage to the label side of a CD then it won't work; the data is destroyed. DVDs work slightly differently, so label-side damage may not be quite so critical.
Anyway, it works. For example, a recent DVD I fixed up had several unplayable sections, where the playback would skip ahead 30 minutes or more. It had some deep "dings" in it. I ran it through the process four or five times, to the point of diminishing returns, and it got a lot better, but it still has some short freezes and stuttering in the video playback. The "dings" are still slightly visible both to the naked eye and the laser. For less-damaged DVDs, the results will probably be better, but there's no guarantee you can make the disc read perfectly again. I recommend it, but it isn't magical. It's not a good substitute for keeping the DVDs away from the kids to begin with.
I bought this because I was given a set of P90X DVDs for free, which are quite expensive, but they were also damaged and scratched up to the point many of the DVDs skipped. Anyone can google an instructable on how to fix DVD scratches with Brasso, and that is a perfectly legit and functional cheap way to fix the occasional DVD or CD. I bought this to hopefully take some of the effort and elbow grease out of fixing this whole assembly line of DVDs I had.
For that purpose? It helped a lot. You spray the DVD and insert it. You hand-crank the DVD and the crank spins a lot but the DVD only spins a little bit, and you let it rotate around twice. Then you dry it off, buff it with the little buffing pad, and everything stores in the handle afterwards. Repeat as necessary. There's still elbow grease involved in the buffing process, but the crank takes some of the work out of it. If I didn't have a bunch of DVDs to do, I would say this item isn't really worth the cost.
The mechanics behind it: If the scratch is too deep and into the coding, no amount of 'repair' will fix the DVD/CD. The point is that the scratch is deep and prominent, messing up the laser trying to read the disc. This system, and any other DVD resurfacing service, basically puts a lot of tiny scratches into it, sanding it down until the laser can read it smoothly again--like sanding down the handle of a jagged wooden broomstick.
The third DVD required a coat of Endust after the Skip Dr. passes to finally make it completely playable. Since spraying Endust and lightly rubbing it in and buffing with a felt cloth (carefully) to increase the reflectivity of the DVD to help it to minimize the laser scatter so that it can focus at the correct layer below the surface is a trick that has been around forever that works, so I am surprised the Skip Dr. doesn't come with it's own reflectivity formula.
Update - After running the Skip Dr. on 8 of my son's favorite DVD movies Skip Dr. alone fixed about 5 of them. For the last 3 I still had to spray Endust on them, so Skip Dr. gets a 3.5-4 stars in that it did reduce skips and hangs. But even with 2-3 passes I still had to use the Endust trick to make them play seamlessly.