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Scratched CD-R/CD-RWs and thier uses

Thursday, July 14th, 2005 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Scratched CD-R/CD-RWs and thier uses

Remember the old days of 45’s? You’d put the record on the turntable and if any scratches were present you’d be greeted with a horrible noise accompanied by a “skip-trip-skip” that would make the music nigh unlistenable. Thank goodness we’ve moved on to CD media where – wait a second, we’re no better off, are we? CDs skip too, and when they do it’s even worse! So, let me pose this to all of you: If we couldn’t listen to our music back then on vinyl, then why should we be able to write data or music to a CD-R or CD-RW and expect it to work any better?

We can’t, unfortunately. So check your media before you even use it! Writing music to a CD-R, making a data disc for a back-up and just about any other process in which you “burn” something onto a CD requires a nice, clean CD-R or CD-RW before you even put it into your drive. Why go through all the hassle of backing up your system or making a music mix to listen to in your car if it’s just going to give you skips and read-errors?

Before you start, check the bottom of the media you’re using. If there are any scratches at all then congratulations, you have a new coaster for your coffee cup! :)

See? It’s not all wasted!


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