Most of our programs, data, family photos, movies, music and favorite games are stored on CD's and DVD's. It's important to take care of them and handle them properly. Here's some handy tips from the folks at PC Daily Tips.
Tips For Increasing The Life Of CD’s And DVD’s
Posted on June 22nd, 2007 by zahid
You probably know CD and DVD media, while overall is fairly durable, can easily be damaged. Here are just a few tips to help keep your CD’s and DVD’s in top shape:
1. Never touch the underside of a CD or a DVD. It’s a sensitive area. Fingerprints and smudges can affect the disk’s readability. Always use your thumb for support on the outer rim and insert your index finger in the hole to hold the disk.
2. When you are loading your CD’s/DVD’s from the top, don’t bend the disk too much while inserting it to the rotation motor. Push the disk gently on the motor from the area outside the center ring.
3. The best way to store your media is in jewel or DVD cases. CD sleeves or other pouches may damage the media due to constant friction.
4. Never expose your disks to direct sunlight. There could be data deterioration due to the heat and high intensity light of the sun.
If you do notice the first signs of deterioration, backup or make a copy of your media so you can be sure to avoid data loss.