So I decided to go through some old music CDs. I keep them all in their original jewel cases for storage.
So I tossed in an ol RadioHead cd in my PC and noticed it skipping a lot.. and that surprized me.. so I looked at it.. no huge scratches; so I wiped the cd clean just to make sure and tried it again.. same skipping and further listening revealed some tracks wouldn't even play.. that's when I knew...
I took the CD out and placed it in front of a light bulb and noticed little tiny holes or rather gaps in the platter itself and actually through the upper layer where the label is.
There were.. like.. 30 or 40 of them as if the laser did it, but the pattern of these "holes" weren't the same. Some were clean "spots", others were short lines, and then there were some that looked like blotches.
I had always kept my CDs in great shape. So I looked at an old Garbage CD and it TOO had the same "holes"..
So is what I'm seeing decaying CDs or a faulty drive?