many thanks folks.
by "proper CD/DVD cases" do you mean jewel cases please tlo?
and by wallets do you mean those carboard slip cases that music stores use, and the plastic equivalents like pc equipment manufacturers often use to ship discs please adre? i was thinking that buying a cakebox was a sensible way to minimise space requirements and avoid buying unnecessary jewel boxes, plus being more environmentally friendly, but i guess not :doh: .
re humidity adre, i live in a part of the u.k. where the humidity probably never goes below 50%. i checked some online forecasts for today and the figures are just above or below 80% all the time. i think this is normal here. certainly today feels no drier than any other day.
i haven't noticed any cds i've burned going bad, but then i don't copy from the regularly and have not had a quality checker until the plextools that came with my new plextor drive.
mainly this doesn't concern me too much though. if the discs are stable for 10 years i would be extremely happy, 5 years would almost certainly suffice, even 3 years would probably suffice. basically, i don't see cd or dvd as a long term or primary archive solution. i'm very definitely hdd based, and assume that holo storage will finally be available for private bods at reasonable prices within 10 years max.
i'd better start shopping .....