I wasn't sure where to post this as the blank media section is not for discussions. I am facing a dilemma, and given the major crisis in Japan I was told there will be a huge shortage of media CD and DVD that can last several months to a year or more and prices of blank media will be 50%-100% higher as was stated by a few retail and distributors, after checking many sites and many contacts, I validated the information, the blank CDs from Taiyo Yuden will be affected most, hard coat, glossy, etc.
Given this recent information I am undecided on whether I should order a large quantity and stock up. I have no problem in ordering large quantities, but my main concern and question relates to the storage of blank media for long periods, since there is so much contradicting views and little data for me to work, as I tried google and searching, but without answers.
I have read through the years that blank (unburnt) media is good for 1 year maybe 2 or 3 tops, stored under optimal condition. I have some old CD / DVD dated 7+ years on my shelf and they burn just fine, however is it true that they do burn fine but will deteriorate within days / weeks / months ? much faster ?
I would like as many point of views as possible, this will greatly help me in my decision which I have to make in a short period of time.
If I buy a few cases of Taiyo Yuden blank CD and Blank DVD-R and DVD+R and I store them unburned, unused inside their cake boxes, unwrapped and all, is there an expiry limit before the unburnt surface is no longer good for holding data ?
Is it safe to burn a disc that has been stored for say, 3 years ? 5 years ? will I get surprises ? That's what I would like to know.
All my discs here are stored in a dark place away from sunlight, in their respective cake boxes,where humidity is no more than 55-60% in the summer and 40% in the winter.
There is so much conflicting views, some say regardless of storage after 1-3 years the dye disintegrates or weakens and when you burn the disc it will not last very long, is this true ?
Thanks for all the replies in advance