I might add that storage in a full-height jewel case would be recommended,
since this provides a semi-rigid surround that prevents anything from
touching either the entrance or the label surface.
Although storage at cold temperatures might sound like a good idea, as it
retards chemical change, it does create the risk of delamination. Various
layers can have different thermal coefficients of expansion, especially
"hard coats" or printable surfaces.
Media Sciences, Inc.
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> There is an ISO standard (ISO18925 2002) that does provide some general
> recommendations. The following are taken directly from the standard:
> Relative Humidity (RH) should be between 20 and 50%.
> Cycling of RH should not be greater than plus/minus 10%
> Maximum temperature for extended periods should not exceed 25 degrees C.
> Temperatures below 23 degrees C are preferable.
> Peak temperature should not exceed 32 degrees C.
> Useful life will be increased by storing discs at low temperature and low
> relative humidity, since chemical degradation is reduced at these
> conditions. Storage of discs below -10 degrees C and below 10% RH is not
> Note if storing discs at cool or cold temperatures, ensure they are
> packaged correctly in order to avoid moisture condensation on the discs as
> they warm up to use conditions.
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> Can anyone tell me what, if any optimal conditions are required for CDs
> and digital media? I know there are specific temperature requirements
> for magnetic media and film but I don't know if there are any conclusive
> recommendations for digital formats. Is there an answer to this
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