April 26, 2009 by admin
Here is a list of dos for you to follow to maximize the longevity of any optical media you may be using.
- Handle discs by the outer edge or the center hole.
- Use a non-solvent-based felt-tip permanent marker to mark the label side of the disc. Over time, some marking inks may penetrate the disk and reach the reflective layer.
- Keep dirt or other foreign matter from the disc.
- Store discs upright (book style) in plastic cases specified for CDs and DVDs.
- Return discs to storage cases immediately after use.
- Leave discs in their packaging (or cases) to minimize the effects of environmental changes.
- Open a recordable disc package only when you are ready to record data on that disc.
- Store discs in a cool, dry, dark environment in which the air is clean.
- Remove dirt, foreign material, fingerprints, smudges, and liquids by wiping with a clean cotton fabric in a straight line from the center of the disc toward the outer edge. The reason for this is that any scratches that are made will be such that it will have a minimal impact on the ability to have its data read.
- Use CD/DVD-cleaning detergent, isopropyl alcohol, or methanol to remove stubborn dirt or material.
- Check the disc surface before recording.
For long-term storage store at temperatures between 39°F to 68°F with relative humidity from 20% to 50%.