Tuesday February 19, 2019

How to prolong the life of a Compact Disc, don’t let it break

How to prolong the life of a Compact Disc, don’t let it break

A compact disc, more commonly known as a CD, is an indispensable item. It has been in use for almost three decades but has not seen a major dip in value. A compact disc can store digital data of multiple types including audio and video files. It is used for professional and personal use and is generally a reliable storage medium. You may still face some problems if you do not care about the CD.

A compact disc is made of polycarbonate, a type of thermoplastic polymers. The reflection in the CD is achieved by adding a thin layer of aluminium, or rarely, of gold. The plastic disc can hold data for long periods of time though there is always a chance of data loss. The most common type of CD failure reported around the world is that of accidental drop and damage. A minor crack in the CD can ruin the megabytes of data stored on it. A major crack will surely make it obsolete resulting in the complete loss of data.

There are other threats to data security as well. Exposure to heat, moisture or other elements may also wreak havoc with the data. A rough handling can also cause scratches that impact data integrity. Some CD players may also cause damage especially if they have developed faults.

The simplest protection you can offer to your CDs is a better handling regimen. Don’t grab them by any which part you like. The central hole and the outside edges are the proper places to do that. You may otherwise cause scratches that may result in data loss. Avoid placing the CDs near sources of heat as this will also be counterproductive. Store your CDs in an upright position with enough space between the two. A CD can last for a decade or more if you take proper storage precautions.


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