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Extend the Life of CDs and DVDs


Since CDs and DVDs don't last forever, what can you do to help prolong their life?


This question was answered on December 2, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1. Hold CDs and DVDs by their outer edge or the middle ring NEVER touch the bottom!

2. Don't jam media into a CD or DVD player/burner; insert it very carefully.

3. Store media in hard plastic cases; avoid wallets or sleeves.

4. Store in a room temperature environment free from moisture Avoid keeping CDs and DVDs in extremely hot or cold temperatures for long periods of time.

5. Keep CDs and DVDs away from sunlight

For more information, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) working group, The Government Information Preservation Working Group, has created a Quick Reference Guide for Care and Handling of optical media.

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on December 2, 2005