How to save your XBOX 360 discs from getting scratched!
With the cost of XBOX 360 discs getting more and more expensive, sometimes up to $100, it's important to make sure
you look after them so they last. This guide covers the best ways to look after your discs and also smashes through
If you've just bought your 360, the first thing you will want to do is test that the drive isn't scratching discs
out of the factory. There have been reports that consoles don't just start scratching discs out of the blue. Once a
scratcher, always a scratcher. Drop a CD-R or DVD-R into your 360 first and let it spin up. Take the disc out and
inspect it carefully.
If you're unlucky enough to have a drive that is scratching discs out of the box, contact Microsoft's XBOX division
to get it replaced. You can get them on 1800 555 741. You'll need to have your Windows live address and gamertag
So you've tested your console and you know that it doesn't scratch out of the box. w00t!
Well now I've got some tips for you to save you money and pain.
Tip 1: Never, ever move your console while a disc is in the drive.
Sometimes when you're having a great gaming session on the weekend you get a bit out of touch with the rest of the
world. You begin to think that everything can die and magically res again. Well, IRL when your discs die you've
gotta go out and buy new ones.
In some DVD-ROM's, the drive is spinning at 10,000 RPM. Even bumping the console at this speed can spell disaster
for your disc. If you must move the console, do it whem there's no disc in the drive. It only takes a few seconds to
do, and you'll be happy you took my advice on this one.
Tip 2: Always take your disc out before shutting down
When the console is off, it's easy to forget that there's a disc in there. This can spell death for your disc! You
might know that a disc is in the drive, but what about someone else? If the console is moved while a disc in there
it can fall out of the tray and possibly jam. When you go to eject the tray, *cRUNCH* not cool!
It was recently reported that some games like Dead or Alive 4 and Modern Warfare 2 had issues with corrupt saved
games. It happened when auto sign-in was enabled. When the games boot from the disc, it would corrupt the saved
games. This has since been fixed with XBOX Live updates, but it's still a possibility with future games. Stay on
the safe side: take your discs out when you're done.
Tip 3: Disc Handling for maximum protection
By far the best tip I can give you here is never to touch the surface of the disc. Not only do fingerprints cause
issues for the laser trying to read the game, your fingers could have grit on them creating scratches. The best way
to look after your discs is to handle them by the edge or by putting your finger through the spindle hole.
Before I forget, this is a life-saving tip I learnt the other day...
If you've gotta put your disc down, put it down on the shiny side. I know this sounds crazy, but let me explain...
The silver shiny bit you see on the disc is actually part of the label on the top. If the label gets scratched off,
you're toast. The underside of the disc has clear plastic that protects this. When you get your disc repaired, the
plastic gets sanded off taking away the scratched bits.
You can only do this a few times, but at least it's better than nothing.
Tip 4: Disc Cleaning
If your disc ever gets dirt, grime or fingerprints on it you'll probably need to clean it. This not only looks
better, but can fix problems when loading the game like jumpy scenes and massive load times. To clean it, wipe the
disc from the spindle hole out.
When you do this you will probably want to use your reading classes cleaning cloth. Be careful not to use paper
towel, a sponge or anything other than this. They are not designed for cleaning discs and could end up damaging the