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Stet

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I have read that these pens can damage the plastic over time.

Has anyone had a disk frag or become unusable from having used a magic marker on them? I have some very valuable backups and I am wondering if I need to go duplicate them and use a special pen or lightscribe drive.

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the side with the printing and fancy colors (designs etc.) is actually the area that everything is burned onto,a sharpie will not interfere but i would wait a few seconds after burning , my disc's are rather warm after doing so..
but! there are certain disc;s that use certain processes and chemicals that determine their lifespan, there is a program that can be found on http://www.downloads.com called CDR media code identifier and will tell you which types of discs that will not deteriorate over a short time span.
the ones that uses the chemical Phthalocyanine is so far the best ones i have found to retain integrity!

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I've read in computer mags or forums that the ink can bleed through with time, causing problems. I still do it, tho.

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apparently they make special pens for making cd's

I was reading about this in a trade magazine dealing with data asset long term storage

They said that the ink (acid in it or something) can damage the plastic, with the disk later breaking while spinning, and I think they said something about the ink getting down to the data too but not so sure about that

So it seems lightscribe is the way to go, but does that require a special kind of disk? Or will any disk work?

I have a ton of very valuable data on DVD's and I am thinking that I may run a backup of the whole thing onto clean disks.

Of course there is the issue that the disks don't last forever in the first place either.

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