I have not heard any issues with disks that have a printable surface (as
part of the manufacturing process) that you can then use an inkjet
printer to print on the disk. I would stay far far away from any labels
that are applied after the fact. The chemical in the adhesive on the
labels can leach through the disk, also these types of labels will
eventually peel off at some point in time. They can also easily throw a
disk out of balance (these disks are spinning at 1,000's of rpm's and
I've seen disks self destruct when played with an off-center label). If
I label disks for clients, I only use an archival pen and most times
either write in the center hub of the disk where there is no data or on
the very outside edge if the data has not been written to fill the
entire disk (as the data is written from the center outwards).
On 8/5/2013 10:46 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.