I have a CD that was burned exactly 5 months ago on EAC and was taken from a new original CD which I also own. The burned CD was made for backup purposes. I discovered that the last track on it is now so defective that the CD player wonâ€™t even move or advance when it reaches the track. A Nero CDSpeed â€œScan Discâ€ operation also locks up and crashes when it reaches that track although the disc scans perfectly up until it reaches that point. Finally, if I try to rip the Burned CD on EAC for test purposes, EAC also locks up and crashes when it reaches the bad track.
My question is: How did this happen? How does a CD that ripped and burned perfectly become so damaged so fast? I checked the log for the original rip and the track in question ripped with 100% accuracy (no errors). The CD was burned at 16x with no errors as well. 5 months ago this burned CD was apparently perfect but now is so damaged that it produces the problems described above.
During that time, it has been played exactly 3 times and the rest of the time has been stored in the CD tray of a CD juke box player where it was kept safe, has not subjected to any temperature extremes and has received no physical damage. I can vouch for the fact that the CD surface looks like new and has never been touched. The blank CD is a Verbatim White Top 700 mb, 52x, 80 minute CD-R (a decent enough brand) and has never had the CD top labeled or written on. I guess I will stick with Taiyo Yudens from now on however.
Fortunately, I have the original CD archived on my system in .FLAC format so itâ€™s easy enough to burn a new CD.
I read someplace that a media engineer from IBM once said that burned CDâ€™s/DVDâ€™s can be expected to last only 2- 5 years, which is a good enough reason to keep a disc archived on oneâ€™s computer. Can someone here who knows a lot more about this stuff than me explain why a burned CD, properly stored and not abused would only last 2-5 years and how my particular CD in this case could have become so damaged in 5 months? Up till now, I had always thought that CDâ€™s and DVDâ€™s were a relatively stable media (particularly since they are apparently not affected by magnetic fields as tapes and hard drives are). Thanks.