The CD/DVD Sharpie markers are also available at Staples. At one point I
remember getting on the Sharpie website and they had a PDF available
with the chemical compounds listed for both the standard Sharpie and the
CD/DVD Sharpie. They were definitely different - but this is from the
manufacturer not an independent test.
I think I'd trust Sharpie markers before Memorex. I know that for quite
a while, Memorex outsourced it's DVD manufacturing to CMC magnetics. At
one point CMC Magnetics was one of the worst manufacturers of DVD media.
If Memorex offered poor quality DVD's, I'd be suspect of a marker
offered by them.
At the cable access TV station I volunteer for, we've been DVD
programming based for the past 15 years. We've been using the CD/DVD
Sharpie markers the whole time. No disk fails yet for thousands and
thousands of disks. That said we're using JVC Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim
premium lacquer DVD's which are supposed to have a thicker protective
layer. One version of each show is burnt to one of the two manufacturers
and labeled with the Sharpie marker. A duplicate version is burnt to the
other manufacturer without marker labeling and sleeved in an all-paper
sleeve (no clear plastic window) and stored off site to the first
version. We have a disk succession plan that calls for making new copies
of both disks every ten to twelve years as dictated by our master
database. Master disks are burnt via computer and disk authoring
software at 4X speed, no faster. Backup disks are made on a Microboards
duplication tower set up for 4X speed as well. To date, no data has been
lost - all disks are playable without any issues.
I suspect we'll be moving to a file based system at some point in the
future, but operating budgets for small local cable access stations are
very very tight these days and our DVD playout system works without any
issues. As long as Charter/Spectrum Cable continues to stand it's ground
on not offering HD broadcast for local cable access stations, we've seen
no need to change.
I would not recommend archiving these days to optical disk format for
too many reasons to mention but for our cable access station, it still
On 3/5/2019 3:44 PM, Frank Strauss wrote:
> This is essentially anecdotal. I have used Sharpie markers for many years
> to label CD's and DVD's. I pulled out some CD's and DVD's that I burned
> about 20 years ago, and they played without a problem. I believe this issue
> was discussed at length a number of years ago on this forum, and I don't
> think there was total agreement that Sharpie markers killed CD/DVD's. I
> have also used a Sharpie labeled CD/DVD Marker, with a medium tip on one
> end and a fine on the other. I note that these are still available on
> Amazon. Also there are CD/DVD markers from Memorex at Amazon. It is
> possible that either or both, due to the lower use of discs, are in limited
> On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 1:40 PM Karl Miller <[log in to unmask]>
>> My question refers to the use of printers on the top surface of CDR's,
>> whether that surface is a white coating or, in the case of MAM-A Gold
>> Archive discs, some of which do not have any additional coating. Is there
>> any likelihood of those surfaces being compromised (long term) when printed
>> As for the labels that were used at the insistence of our head of
>> cataloging, they were placed at the outside edge of the disc and were
>> approximately 1/2 inch wide. Not only did they ruin the balance of the
>> disc, when people inserted them into CD changers, the labels would start to
>> peel as the slots on some of those machines were very narrow. Occasionally
>> the reflective surface of the disc would peel as well. Sometimes when the
>> labels peeled, one could see that the glue from the label had left tiny
>> pits in the reflective surface of the disc. The library bought some machine
>> that supposedly would "re coat" the discs. In some instances they would
>> play one or two more times.
>> And while we are on the subject...is there any pen or marker that is
>> "safe" for CDRs?
>> Karl On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 11:33:12 AM CST, Lou Judson <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I think most of us understood implicitly that the subject was paper
>> stick-on printable labels the full size of the disc. There was never any
>> question in my mind, and they were a hassle and a problem in the early
>> CD/DVD burning years.
>> When white printable CDs/DVDs came along and inexpoensive printers, it all
>> got so much better!
>> But then I am an audio engineer, not a librarian, so no confusion for me.
>> Lou Judson
>> Intuitive Audio
>> On Mar 5, 2019, at 7:57 AM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> it might be helpful when asking a question or stating your situation,
>>> that you define and describe what you mean by "label". Do you mean the
>>> paper label that covers the entire surface that used to be called the
>>> Stomp On, or a small plastic or metal tag with a bar code or library ID,
>>> or something else? Tags unbalanced the disc and should never have been
>>> used anyway The only acceptable ones were small rings that only covered
>>> the center before the data.
>>> I am concerned with what Steve Smolian mentioned about white top discs
>>> Do you mean the printable discs?
>>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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