– 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
– 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.