ZIFFPAGE TITLECleaning the Platter

By Don Labriola  |  Posted 2004-05-11 Print this article Print

Cleaning the Platter The best disc-cleaning solvent is deionized water, but even distilled or soft tap water can work in a pinch. Diluted dish detergent or rubbing alcohol can remove tougher contaminants. Never use any organic solvent, polish, antistatic solution, or cleanser that you suspect might attack or coat the plastic surface. In all cases, be sure to rinse the disc with water and dry with a cloth to avoid staining or residue; use a soft, lint-free cloth or photographic lens tissues. Always wipe discs in a radial motion, moving in straight lines between the hub and the outer edge. Almost any type of cleaning will leave microscopic scratches, but a DVDs error-correction mechanism can compensate for thin scratches that cross a data path at a right angle. Wiping discs in a circular motion can leave scratches that cover a longer span of data and may not be correctable.


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