I’ve tried to search and I’ve read a fair few of the long threads but I’ve finally cracked and signed up because I just need to post a few questions.
I have this case (discussed here http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=131386) which has a load of those hanging wallet thingys. When I started to use these to store my DVD ‘backups’ they were fine and then after a few months I noticed that there were skips and jumps when playing them back again. I figured that I (or the girlfriend) might have been touching the ‘wrong’ side when putting them in and out of the sleeves so I started burning to 4200Mb instead of the normal DVD-5 capacity to give me a bigger dead zone round the edge of the disc. I’ve also tried burning at 4x or 2x instead of 8x but there doesn’t seem to be any difference.
As the above links says, there have been no reports of damage by actually inserting the DVD’s into the sleeves but I am still not convinced so onto the questions:
- Is there any damage I might be doing to the disc by using these sleeves, either by thumb prints / scratches? Should I bin the case?
- Are there are particular DVD-R which are more resilient to scratches or are there brands to avoid? Which DVDs should I choose for the future?
- Can you get some kind of laquour to spray on to make a DVD more resilient (like http://www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/acatalog/fixatives.html but for the recorded not printed side. Maveby something like http://www.plexusplasticcleaner.com/plexus.html)? What can I do to fix the DVDs I already have?
- Should I just buy a networked DVD player and a load of hard discs to remove the DVD-R from the loop completely? Should I give in?
Thanks In Advance and if I have missed anything obvious then take it easy on me.