How To Make Your CDs and DVD's Last Longer

Keeping your CDs and DVDs in good condition is crucial to their longevity. It can be very frustrating when you discover that your audio CD that you haven't played in a year now skips in your player. CD and DVD media can realistically over 10 years if handled and stored properly.

You should also do the following:

When you buy blank media always purchase high quality, Grade A discs. You do get what you pay for in this market. In my opinion, the best manufacturers are Taiyo Yuden, Sony and Verbatim.

Write on your media with pens specially designed for CDs and DVDs. If you write with a regular ballpoint pen, you might damage the recording layer of the disc. Either the pressure from the tip of then pen will cause damage or, over the time, the ink from the pen will seep into the disc.
Don't store your media in high temperatures. I have known clients who store their media in shelves above their heaters. Although optical media can theoretically withstand temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius, it is best to keep the ambient temperature around 25 degrees. Store the discs in paper wallets or plastic casing such as clam shells to prevent dust and scratches. Also, try to hold the outside edges of the disc when you transport it from case to drive and back again.

Don't use paper labels on your media. This is especially important for discs that you use frequently or that might stay in your drive. It can get very hot in a CD or DVD drive. The heat of the drive, plus the spinning of the disc as it is read by the laser, can cause the labels to start to bubble and then peel. The balance of the disc will be disrupted and you will receive read errors. Even worse, the disc could become stuck in the drive. Another reason to stay away from these labels is the adhesive used can eventually seep into the reflective and dye layers of the disc rendering it useless.

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Author: Tara Roitman is the marketing manager for Media Heaven Ltd - full service experts in USB memory stick duplication, CD duplication, DVD duplication and packaging.

How To Make Your CDs and DVD's Last Longer


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