I've gone through a few CD-Rom drives in the past by wearing out either the disc spindle clamp or the drawer mechanism. I don't remember just how many CD's I've ripped (usually for one to two songs) before noticing a problem, only that I stopped after seeing slight damage to a few discs after they were placed in the tray.
My main gripe is when a disc gets circular scratch lines after being ripped. I'm guessing this is from the disc itself scraping against the drive's loading tray? Has anyone here gone through this?
I have a music collection which consists of about 3000 discs and am planning to rip them all to WAV's. I want to make this the last time dubbing them. Plus, some titles are rare and I don't want to risk getting them scratched (especially circular), if they haven't been affected already.
My question here is, what's a safe estimate on the amount of discs that can be loaded into a drive before the drive wears out? Does ripping (meaning, the disc continually spinning fast) cause faster deterioration than usual?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Thanks.