I bought a game few days ago and noticed that the DVD makes a somewhat alarming noise while spinning. It’s a kind of deep rattling. I’ve had old discs that began to resonate, but that was always a much more high-pitched and even sound. This is low-pitched and rough-sounding.
So I looked at the disc more closely and see that the edge is full of irregularities. At first, I thought bits were chipped off, but on closer inspection, it seems more like there is extra material there. It looks like - apologies for the inept comparisons - when you try to glue two things together and use too much glue. The extra is squeezed out at the edges. That’s what the edge of the disc looks like to me.
Now my question is really: Is this dangerous? Is there a good chance that it’ll eventually explode into a hundred pieces and/or otherwise damage my drive? I can probably get it replaced, but I know it’ll be a major pain in the ass to do so and I’d prefer not to. If it’s harmless, I can deal with the noise. It goes away once the game is running, since the disc isn’t really needed.
But I’d like to know if this indicates a risk to the disc or my computer serious enough to attempt getting a replacement.