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A List of DON’Ts for Optical Media


April 25, 2009 by admin

Here is a list of “Do Not Do” practices for you to observe that will maximize the longevity of optical media you are handling.

  1. Touch the surface of the disc.
  2. Bend the disc.
  3. Use adhesive labels.
  4. Store discs horizontally for a long time (years).
  5. Open a recordable optical disc package if you are not ready to record.
  6. Expose discs to extreme heat or high humidity.
  7. Expose discs to extremely rapid temperature or humidity changes.
  8. Expose recordable discs to prolonged sunlight or other sources of ultraviolet light.
  9. Write or mark in the data area of the disc (the area the laser “reads”).
  10. Clean by wiping in a direction going around the disc. There was an item in the DO list that corresponds to this saying to wipe from the hub to the outer edge.

 For CDs especially do not:

  1. Scratch the label side of the disc.
  2. Use a pen, pencil, or fine-tip marker to write on the disc.
  3. Write on the disc with markers that contain solvents.
  4. Try to peel off or reposition a label.


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