Product Review (August 2005) - Digital Innovations
SkipDR AutoMax™ CD/DVD Repair

Digital Innovation's original SkipDR was a ground breaking product that allowed users to resurface their scratched CDs or DVDs and in many cases recover the once unreadable data from the disc. Since the data layer does not reside directly on the reading surface of the disc, it is possible to remove some scratches that cause problems when reading data. It cannot in many cases fix deep scratches, but based on my experience it can repair a good number of damaged discs. The downside of the original SkipDR was that it required the user to manually spin the disc using a hand crank. For this reason we were excited to see the latest generation SkipDR called the AutoMax™. The new SkipDR AutoMax™ is designed to automate the resurfacing process instead of requiring the user to manually turn the disc using the hand crank found with the previous design. Six "AA" batteries (not included) are required to run the AutoMax™ or an optional AC adapter can also be used.

The system includes the main resurfacing unit, resurfacing wheel, fluid bottle, drying cloth, felt buffing square and user's guide. The unit is about 5-1/2" tall, 7" wide and around 4" deep due to the resurfacing wheel. The design includes a slot for the resurfacing fluid bottle and the drying cloth, which means you will not have to look for the items each time you are ready to use the product.

The new SkipDR AutoMax™ is designed to automate the resurfacing process. Simply spray the disc with the Resurfacing Fluid and insert the disc to start the resurfacing wheel. Once the process is complete (within a minute or two), the unit ejects the disc and the unit stops. The user then dries the disc using the supplied Drying Cloth. To restore the disc's shiny surface, the Felt Buffing Square can be used. This process requires a bit more elbow grease. While most of our discs are in excellent condition, we did have a few used discs that came with scratches resulting is periodic skips and lockups on some sensitive DVD and CD players. The SkipDR AutoMax™ worked well in most cases except for those discs with significantly deep scratches.

The SkipDR AutoMax™ is a big improvement to the original SkipDR with its automatic spinning of the disc during the resurfacing process. Getting rid of the manual crank is a great benefit for those who have used the earlier design. The AutoMax™ can repair minor surface scratches or abrasions from virtually any CD or DVD containing music, movie or games. We found the new design to be very easy to use with good results for the majority of our stratched discs.

The new SkipDR AutoMax™ is available from a variety of retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples and Blockbuster Video stores. The unit can also be purchased online at The removable radial resurfacing wheel is designed to repair up to 50 discs and can be purchased separately for $12.99.

- Kevin Nakano

OneCall: Your Home Theater, Digital Camera, and HDTV Experts

Review - At a Glance

Digital Innovations -Skip Dr. Auto Max CD/DVD Repair


  • Fixes scratches that can cause discs to skip, freeze, and fail to play
  • Repairs ANY disc – Music, games, photo and data
  • Completely automatic design- Turns on, repairs disc and ejects when complete
  • Easy-to-use: just spray, spin and shine.
  • Takes just about a minute to fix scratched discs
  • Motorized, battery-operated, chemical-free operation for fast and easy disc repairs
  • Integrated storage for resurfacing fluid, drying cloth and buffing square
  • Patented, replaceable radial resurfacing wheel repairs up to 50 discs
  • Repair LED feature indicates repair process stage
  • Requires 6 AA batteries (not included)


  • AutoMax Device
  • Resurfacing fluid
  • Special drying cloth
  • Felt buffing square

  • Company Information
    Digital Innovations LLC
    3436 N. Kennicott, Suite 200
    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Phone: 847.463.9000

    Source: Manufacturer Supplied
    MSRP: $39.99

    Phone - (888) SMART-58 (762-7858)

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