by: Keith McGregor
As we all know CDs & DVDs are prone to scratching, marking, cracking & breaking.
If you leave discs out near your PC or stereo, dust will settle or the
data side will get scratched or marked. Now the best ways to prevent
this happening are simple. They may sound straight forward but you’ll
be surprised how many times CDs & DVDs are not protected properly.
Following these simple steps will ensure you can use your CD's and
DVD's for dvd copying and cd copying for years to come.
Keep your CDs in there Jewel Cases. If not there are PVC wallets
which act as ample protection or Card Wallets. For you DVDs you must
keep them in their DVD boxes or, as previously mentioned, PVC Wallets
and Card wallets will do.
If your CD or DVD gets scratched, you may think that it’s damaged
forever……..Wrong! The scratching on the surface of the disc simply
fools the laser and makes it skip. Or, if you’re player has difficulty
in loading the data, it’s due the surface being scratched and unable to
read the digital data below.
However, do not panic! There are plenty of repair kits around to
eliminate this problem and allow you to perfrom that all important cd
copying or dvd copying. If you’ve thought you’ve lost a CD forever due
to mark or scratch, think again!
These repair kits are a compound mixture of polish, which are
specially designed for plastic (which discs are made up of). The
mixture interacts with the polymer and allows the polish to get to work
on the scratch. This polish will remove the majority of the disc that
has been damaged and restore the music/data back to full playability.
Therefore, you revive your discs using these kits. However, I
suggest you look after your CD or DVD by putting them back into their
Jewel Case, DVD box, PVC Wallet or Card Wallet. Keep them in a
dust-free environment or storage case.
Keep your discs playing longer...
When you remove your discs from their CD Jewel
Cases or DVD box then you risk the centre-hub cracking or breaking.
This will lead to disc failures. Especially for console playing or DVD
films. Having looked around for a remedy to this common problem, we
have found a solution...
It’s in the form of a metal reinforced centre-hub. It’s easy to
attach and will reduce the stress that is normally applied when
removing CDs or DVDs from Jewel Cases or DVD Boxes. This will prevent
the discs from cracking at the centre. “Hurray!” I hear you say.
About The Author
Keith McGregor is a partner of
Strawberrysoup, a web design agency with offices in Chichester and
Bournemouth. Strawberrysoup specialise in creative web design, content
managed websites, search engine optimisation, search engine marketing
and graphic design