DWJ sans frontiers

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Thu Jun 9 17:13:35 EDT 2005

Ania suggested...

>> Actually, one can scratch a CD without even working at it.  My CD of The
>> Mission's greatest hits is scratched to hell and back and won't play
>> properly, and I've *no* idea how it got that way.  Very irritating.
> It may have something to do with its age. When they taught us about
> preservation of electronic data on my archives course, I learnt that it is
> recommended that data on CDs should be copied onto a new one every 10 
> years.
> This is just in case, because nobody knows yet just how long CDs will 
> last.

Nice theory, and may well be the case in general.  But I'd only had that 
particular CD for two or three years when the scratching turned up...and I 
have older (*much* older, in some cases) CDs which are still fine.  Maybe it 
was just a duff disc.
> Mind you, I have some tapes from the mid-80s and they still play.
> Remarkable.

So have I!


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