Care and Handling Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs

Being scientific as I am, this should be a sticky for all to view and learn more about the do’s and don’t’s of this technology.

Especially read:

“Care and Handling Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs” produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Great stuff for the scientific minded and boring for others. Enjoy!

Curious to hear about your own experiences.


Thanks for the links. It was interesting reading and I basically have always followed most of their guidelines. The only thing I question is storing discs horizontally for many years as they recommend not doing so. I have used many CD/DVD wallets that have stored discs horizontally for years (in some cases over 15 years) and my discs have suffered no ill effects. Other than that, I basically think they have good guidelines that I have followed and confirm that my discs play just fine stored via their recommendations.

socrates007…read my last post to your thoughts here:

I am with on the horizontal and wallet issue. I want to see someone prove this is inadequate.