Never Scratching Cd/dvd Protection

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Introduction: Never Scratching Cd/dvd Protection

If you keep old files and backups on cdr or other optical media you have probably had some disks go bad over the years even though they are stored properly. The normal plastic "jewel" cases, folded paper sheets, and commercially available storage methods all have the potential to damage your cds and cause your valuable data to be lost.

This storage method keeps your cds from taking any abrasive damage, and also prevents damages caused by the aging of the plastics and resins the disks are made of. It's simple, cheap, and damn near fool proof.

Step 1: Put Your Cds Into Fold Top Sandwich Bags

That's all, just slide them in, fold it over, and the plastic bag will trap precious organic volatiles in while keeping harmful grit out.

cost ~$0.005 per bag

Step 2: Wrap Them Up!

Put your CDs into the sammich bags.

Step 3: Optional: Stuff the Cds Into a Cardboard Box

to really make an archive of significant size, you should use a cardboard box of suitable size and shape to store your wrapped cds and protect them from the damaging effects of the suns rays or coffee or whatever is laying around your desk trying to mess up your cds. Be sure to empty the kittens out before putting the cds in.

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Very nice instructable.... I haven't thought of sandwish baggies... normally I just buy a spindle of cd-r/dvd-r's and backup to those and then put the backup copies back on the spindle... I just checked 200 cd-r I did back in 2003 and 2005 all but one didn't work... not bad odds...

Epic. fail. The steps, not the idea itself, which I have to say is an interesting notion worthy of trying out.

It looks to me like the plastic may stick to the CD after a few months/years, depending on the kind of ink used the print the CD (the same way vinyl reacts with and sticks to photostat toner). I've a printer driver CD that came in a paper envelope with a clear see-through front "window". After about 3 years in storage, the plastic "window" reacted with the ink and sticks to the CD. When I tried to tear it off, strips of the metal layer came off, rendering the entire CD useless. If the envelope had been entirely paper, the problem wouldn't have occurred.

I am still amazed by the amount of distrustful comments this instructable generates. This method is still working great for me, running on 3 years. I have not had any problems retrieving files from these cds yet, and I give credit to these little sandwich bags.

I'll keep watching and let you know if any problems with this method show up. I have put up over a hundred cds and dvd-roms this way so surely if something were to go wrong it will soon.

Here's something to distrust in the meantime ...

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/895809/repair_cds_with_a_microwave/

The bags used are food-grade; usually more non-reactive than other plastics. Plastics labeled for food storage need to be more inert than others because humans eat the food stored in them. They might also have less residue of solvent-type chemicals from the manufacturing process because of this.

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You do need to specify what platsic your bags are made of. Also, how long have you stored CDs to verify an advantage over jewel-cases? I suspect that this is unproven. Also, scratching occurs through handling, not storage. if you get these out of the archive they're just as vulnerable as disks archived in jewel-cases.