How to Store and Protect Your Discs
When you have DVDs and CDs, you want to be certain that nothing will happen to them. This is especially true if they are your backup discs. Storing discs that you buy like music CDs or movies is easy because they come with a case. But when you are burning your own discs, you often buy the discs in bulk without cases. This can make the problem of storage more difficult.
Disc Storage Don’ts
The following items are things that many people do that are not good for discs, and should be avoided.
- Don’t store in a stack of discs (such as the way they come)
- Don’t store out in the open (protect from dust)
- Don’t store your discs in paper envelopes
- Don’t store discs in or on any hard surface
If you store your discs in any of these ways, you risk scratching the disc whenever it is moved or put in and out of storage. The best way to store discs is to keep them separated by cloth-like material or fabric that will protect the disc from scratching when it moves across the surface. This is the purpose of disc cases.
The Best Way to Store Your Discs
The best way to store your discs is in cases designed for this purpose. The cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as materials of manufacture. The best cases for transport are the ones that have a hard shell. You can get cases that attach to your car visor for easy access while driving, but these cases do not really protect the discs if you want to take the case down from the visor.
Whatever type of case you get, you should make sure that the material that the disc rests in is fabric. The front of the disc can be covered in plastic, but the data side of the disc should be against something soft. This way if it is moved around in the case or when you take it out it does not get scratched. For some reason there are many cases out there made with plastic sleeves, and these are not good for storing and protecting your discs. A thin fabric is much better.
Why It is Important?
If you have spent a lot of money on music CDs and movies, you want to protect that investment to ensure that you don’t have to buy them again. However, protecting discs you burn is every bit as important. Discs cost money, and you don’t want to have to burn more than you have to.
In addition, if you backup your downloaded music onto discs, you want to be able to access that music in case of a computer crash or virus. If your computer dies and your discs are no good, you have lost your music and backing up profited you nothing. Even though downloads cost less than buying music CDs, it is still an investment worth protecting.