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- question about CD drive cleaning
May 23, 2007, 6:30 pm
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because it could damage it, and that most of them have a self cleaning
brush or something inside already. But I see a kit sold at a computer
store with a floppy and drive cleaner and a CD cleaner, meant to use
on CD drives.
Does this mean it's ok, or is it just someone not knowing what they're
making, and not to be trusted?
Re: question about CD drive cleaning
Such mildly abrasive cleaning methods will scratch the lens
over time. It might survive the first cleaning, or it might
be one or more other problems not just a dirty lens so it
didnt' even matter. Ideally you should disassemble the
drive and drip pure alcohol over the lens liberally instead
of a contact-cleaning method.
After having a low ratio of success trying to revive optical
drives by cleaning the lens, I gave up on it. This might've
been around the time that there were several brands of CDRW
drive practically free after rebate. If a drive cost closer
to $100 and wasn't very old and used in a known dirty
environment I'd be more likely to try to clean it - but by
disassembling and soaking the whole drive then relubing the
slide rails so the rest of the accumulated dirt didn't just
fly around and deposit on the lens again the next time a
disc was spinning in it.
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