CD and DVD media is long-lived and reliable —
if you treat it right. To protect your digital creations and
computer data, you not only should select high-quality media for
long-term storage, but you must treat your media right. Here are
some guidelines to help you make your media last:
Handling & Cleaning
Handle the disc only by the outer edge to keep
fingerprints and smears from the surface.
Never touch the unlabeled shiny side of a disc
— that's the recording surface.
Do not set a disc down on hard surfaces — you
can easily scratch the recording surface.
Use a soft, lint-free cloth for cleaning the
disc to remove spots, dust, or fingerprints. Always wipe from
the center to the outer edges and never wipe in a circular
Do not use abrasive or solvent cleaners, audio
CD disc cleaners, or conventional vinyl record cleaning
solutions on the disc. Chemical-based cleaners and cleaners that
are safe for audio CDs might not be safe for CD-Rs, CD-RWs, or
Store discs in protective storage cases to
Store discs in a cool, dry place, away from
direct light. Ideal storage temperature is between 23 degrees F
- 86 degrees F.
Do not leave the disc in direct sunlight or in
a hot, humid environment — like your car on a summer day. These
conditions can warp and damage the disc.
Do not allow moisture to condense on the disc.
You can write on the inner diameter or
designated label area of the CD or DVD. Use only soft-tipped,
permanent ink pens, and write only on the designated areas!
Water-soluble pens work best — their ink dries quickly and
minimizes smearing. Ballpoint pens or other hard-point writing
utensils may damage the disc.
Be careful when using adhesive labels. Use only
labels with high-quality adhesive designed not to corrode the
reflective layer of the disc. Be sure to apply it properly.
Labels applied off-center or with ripples can harm your CD or
1. To keep your system running smoothly
during a CD or DVD burn, shut down all programs but the ones
you need to complete your task. This frees system resources
and avoids 'distracting' your computer from the burn in a
way that could lead to lost data.
2. When using
files backed up to removable media, you may find that you
can't edit the files — even after copying them to the hard
drive. This is because Windows 'defaults' to a read-only
status for any files copied to CDs, DVDs, or diskettes. To
make these files editable, give each file's icon a
'right-click' with your mouse, choose 'Properties,' and
remove the check from the 'read-only' box.
3.Convert VHS tapes to DVD now. studies and experience shows
that VHS tapes can have a life span of as little as 10
years, depending on storage conditions and use. Conversion
sooner rather than later will help preserve picture and