Ben - are you implying that the mere existence of sticky labels is causing misreads, or is it that the labels (and glue) is causing the bit-rot?
So indeed carefully removing the labels (huh - washing the disks and careful peeling!!) might allow the disks to be better read. Or maybe not.
I would opine that once the damage is done it is irreparable and that some recovering might just be possible using error correcting algorithms.
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That I do not know, I've sent an email to get clarification.
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On Aug 5, 2013, at 9:46 AM, James Roth wrote:
> Hello Mr. Spencer,
> I just read [below] that the labels on CDs can cause problems.
> Are you referring to ready-made print CDs or the ones where we buy labels and press them on?
> Ben Roth
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> Do they have labels on them? That would explain it, the chemical stickum causing apparently terminal problems, but I have heard of people soaking and washing CDs to get the labels off successfully.
> Donald Clarke
> On Aug 5, 2013, at 10:07 AM, John Spencer wrote:
> Collective wisdom of the ARSC list,
> I got a message from an archivist friend, and while we haven't tried anything ourselves, I thought I would post his message to the list to see if anyone had any ideas for recovery.
> Any help is greatly appreciated and I will forward it to him.
> Thanks in advance,
> John Spencer
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> I'm beginning to have some problems with many of the CD-R's that are in the collection I work with. Most of theseCD-R's were made from analog sources [we thankfully still have them] over 10 years ago, long before we had any sort of digital storage system. These CD-R's suffer from a variety of jitter/glitches when exported into the computer and many of them skip or hang up when played in a CD player. They were all created using a stand-alone Sony CDR-W33 burner and the CD-R stock was JVC/Taiyo Yuden.
> My current platform is Mac. I've tried a couple of different CD drives, thinking that may make a difference, but no dice. I've tried copying some of them through iTunes using its built-in error correction. I've downloaded MAX-a CD ripper application for Mac that uses a version of cdparanoia-I've also tried Pillage, so far nothing has made any noticeable difference.
> If you have any thoughts on ways to productively do this, or know of anyone who has successfully dealt with a problem like this, please let me know.