– Just like video tapes, store discs in a cool and dry location. Avoid humidity and direct sunlight.
– If a disc has been in extremely high or low temperatures, let it acclimate to room temperature for about 15 minutes before placing it in a drive.
– Only handle a disc by its outer edges or plastic inner core. Never touch the bottom (unprinted side).
– Keep dirt, dust, and hair away from the discs. These items can stick to a disc and cause the laser in a player or drive to skip or stutter.
– If a disc does attract a thumb print or a small scratch, do try to clean it properly. Gently spritz the bottom of the disc with Windex or special disc cleaning fluid. Then, using a soft cloth (not a paper towel!) wipe the disc in straight lines from the inside ring to the outside edge. Wipe until the liquid is gone. Do not wipe in a circular fashion. If this does not fix the problem, send the disc to a DVD cleaning company such as Azuradisc.
– Store DVDs in their cases when not in use. This helps minimize dust and debris. Store cases in an upright position, like a book on a shelf.
– If you need to make multiple copies of a DVD, choose a professional duplication company such as Timeless DVD. Using your own computer's drives to burn a large number of discs is very time consuming and can ruin your equipment. Timeless DVD uses high-volume DVD duplicators and Primera disc printers for copying DVDs, which is the best process. See our DVD Duplication page for more information.