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Thursday, May 06, 2004


Of CDs and DVDs Rot and Care

If you have been ever so careful handling your CDs and DVDs and taking great care not to damage their clear undersurfaces, you may be going about things wrongly. If you think that CDs and DVDs are forever and immortal, think again.
Just came across this article :: CDs and DVDs Not So Immortal After All :: from AP. There is such a thing called "CD Rot" where the aluminium layer of the disc, CD or DVD, are destroyed and the disc subsequently is unable to function. So these discs are not indestructible.
This rot can be caused by poor manufacturing and/or poor handling and storage. See here on how to take good care of your valuable discs.
The other thing to remember when you are buying CD-R or CD-RW or for that matter DVD-R, following the oft heard advice to buy name-brand discs for maximum longevity may not turn out true. This is because manufacturers frequently change the materials and manufacturing methods without notifying users. So one batch may be good, another batch sucks though they may carry the same manufacturer's label. So if you want your data or songs or whatever kept on these discs to last, take good care of them. Or better still store things in other media like compact flash cards or those removable drives.


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