Longevity of DVD-R and CD-R (Was MagTapes)
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Tue Mar 15 01:21:19 CST 2005
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From: "Jim Leonard" <trixter at oldskool.org>
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Subject: Re: Longevity of DVD-R and CD-R (Was MagTapes)
> Dwight K. Elvey wrote:
> > It sounds like the only way to deal with this is to store
> > disk in an innert environment. N2 or argon are reasonable
> > options. Only expose the disk to UV and O2 when actually
> > used to recover data. They should last for 1000's of years
> > this way.
> Am I the only one here who has never had a problem with CDR and DVD-R
> burned my very first CD in 1995 and I can still read it. I keep all my
> closed CD folders in a dry environment. I keep wondering if people who
> CDRs that exhibit "bitrot" have them in a humid environment, exposed to
> light or something.
> Jim Leonard (trixter at oldskool.org)
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I think the only CDR's I had go bad were one I got careless in during use
(leaving them out where the cats can scratch them). My first burner was a
$1000+ HP 4020i way back in the middle 90's and CDs burned during that time
still read fine ($6-7 a cd back then too).
I used to get crazy with Stick-it-Right labels on the cd's (have the gold
color under the paper). I keep most of the older CDs in CD audio books, but
the one burned in 2000+ are usually just stacked in the spindles they came
in (most with paper labels some without).
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