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The new 'puter came, as new 'puters do, with a CD-RW drive, and, accordingly, I have found myself in the market for some blank CD-R and CD-RW media. Realizing that I didn't really know too much about how one goes about choosing among the various brands and their various format offerings, I figured I'd see if there wasn't some online resource that could help me out.

There was. And let me say, Andy McFadden's CD-Recordable FAQ is awesome. Assuming it's accurate, of course, but it seems like exactly the sort of thing you can trust. And it's huge — the table of contents itself is 18 page-scrolls long on my browser. Eighteen pages!

The single best thing about it, however, is its section 7, part 8: How do CD-Rs behave when microwaved? Finally, a reason to look forward to getting another one of those AOL please-sign-up-for-our-stagnating-service-please-we'll-give-you-more-hours-free-for-30-days-than-there-are-in-a-month CDs....

November 20, 2002 11:59 AM

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I quickly scanned the FAQ, but didn't readily find anything on this:

You get what u pay for on CDR's. Cheaper CDR's material does, in fact, erode over time, causing the recorded data to slowly "fade." Depending upon the media and storage environment, this loss of data can happen as quickly as a month or two.

So, like most, don't go treating all CDR media as equals.


Posted by rob adams on November 20, 2002 12:50 PM

The FAQ discusses that general question here, but doesn't really make any specific advice.

(I've just gotten used to the idea that you can't count on keeping all your data permanently, unless it's on quality paper and written in quality ink. I hope someone proves me wrong one day....)

Posted by M on November 20, 2002 5:44 PM

Most things I've read say Verbatim CDRs are about the best, I've used hundreads of them over the last few years with no problems. You should avoid the silver top (unbranded) ones as I've found most degrade after 18 months!!

Posted by SEO on July 4, 2003 11:08 AM

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