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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?

Yes. why yes they do.

Opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs. Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, has his own view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.

'Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD,' Gerecke says. 'There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more.'

The problem is material degradation.

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