Just wanted to post a warning here to everyone, if this hasn't been posted before, not to use paper labels on ANY optical media.
I know there have been warnings about using them on DVDs here, but I don't think anyone ever issued a warning about using them on CDs.
If so, consider this the first.
I've begun inspecting my stash with Nero CD/DVD speed, using the ScanDisc check to ensure all my media (gave up on the Disc Quality cause most results are nonsense) and I've come up with some interesting stuff.
I've already thrown out one Philips branded MPI DVD having lost data on it (it was a backup so no big loss, just made a new one) and 2 Memorex CMC mag CDs which had damaged (but still readable) sectors that were marked yellow in the scan window. Which I replaced then binned. :doh:
Again no big surprise, I had lost stuff on non-Memorex CMC CDs before but I put that down to it being an older, crappier brand of CMC that a friend gave me cause his writer didn't like them at all. Had built up more Prodisc and Ritek than I thought, CDs I had got from friends, photo-CDs with 35mm roll development etc, but they all checked out perfect! Every one of them! But a gold Kodak CD and some Tayio Yudens from photo development didnt fare so well with deep seas of red (bad) sectors though CD DVD scanner didn't see those affecting any files - I'm not really sure.
But, today I found a 3rd bad CMC disc (yellow sectors affecting files), but unlike the first two, this one had a paper label on it. Both my NEC and my Sammy concurred that there was a problem.
I decided to scratch off the label - fortunately the bonding was not that strong and I was able to scrape most of it off with my fingernail, got most of it off but I got the disc data side scratched up and smudged with fingerprints in the process.
I was expecting them to scan worse now with all the smudging and tearing, but lo and behold the disc scanned perfectly with no damaged files or yellow sectors or anything. Just a sea of nice calm green
I'm going to throw out the rest of my paper labels at the first opportunity.