I have what could be a very serious problem. For quite some time, I’ve kept CDs in paper envelopes (purchased at Future Shop) which include round cellophane windows in them. I’ve recently noticed that the clear cellopohane is bonding to the face of the CD (the bare spots that don’t have factory labelling printed on them) and peels it away from the disc surface when it’s removed. This is also peeling away the reflective layer and, needless to say, making the discs completely unreadable.
Naturally, the first thing I did was throw away the empty, unused envelopes. Unfortunately, I may have hundreds of discs at risk that have already been put in these envelopes. I don’t know yet if it’s happening to all of the discs that are in those envelopes, or just a particular brand. The one’s I’ve noticed it happening to are 80-minute PNY brand (www.pny.com) CD-Rs, and they’re marked as 16x speed.
Am I a fool? Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions?