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Protect Your CDs

Friday, August 31st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Multimedia

Protect Your CDs

News Alert: Attaching expensive, self-adhesive labels to the CDs and DVDs you have burned might not be such a good idea. Why? Well, because attaching labels might not let the computer drive identify the CDs and DVDs correctly. Here are a couple tips you can follow to better protect your self-burned CDs and DVDs from any future reading problems. Check them out!

1.) Avoid Using Labels

Embedded air bubbles or inaccurate positioning of labels at high speeds can alter the smooth running of data disks. This can be overlooked in the case of slow audio CDs, but it does make a lot of difference when it comes to data CDs. There can still be some problems even if you take the utmost care while sticking on the label. As a rule, all materials expand as a result of fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The materials on a blank CD are already adjusted accordingly, but even then, a label disturbs that delicate balance. That is why it is always advisable to use a felt pen or a printer that prints on DVDs and CDs. The Epson Stylus Photo R800, for instance (as shown in the screenshot below), prints on blank CDs and gives out excellent results.

2.) Do the Exact Opposite in Other Circumstances

Doing the exact opposite of the above tip could help if a CD or DVD proves to be unreadable and causes only rolling sounds in the drive. If it does that, there could be some imbalance there. To remedy this, bring one or two pieces of any adhesive near the edge. That decreases the rolling sounds to such an extent that the player can now access the medium and secure data, even if it takes quite some time. Whether this method helps is more or less a matter of chance, since you do not know the most practical place to put the extra weight. You should not experiment with this in case of extremely fast drives though. For example, drivers that are about 32 times faster. Why, you ask? Well, because you would then probably intensify the imbalance and the data disk could end up damaged.

For example, don’t experiment with adhesive tapes with fast drives like this one:

If you follow these two simple rules, your self-burned CDs and DVDs will be just fine. I’m lovin’ it!

~ Zahid H. Javali

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