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    Exploding CD

    Has anyone ever experienced an exploding CD? I was playing Diablo when I heard a loud bang. The game froze and I discovered the CD had shattered! The drive was a www.liteonit.com 40X12X48 rewritable drive, operating system Windows XP Pro (SP1). Could the CD have shattered because it was old or could a power surge have caused it (not that there were any signs of one). I'm Mystified.

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Your computer probably decided that playing Diablo does not fit in with the spirit of Christmas <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    But seriously, if you do a Google search you will find that other people have had CD's explode too, in particular in ultrafast CD drives (52 x speed) - above 48 x speed, the disc spins fast enough to damage the cover layer.

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Further to Hans' remarks, the slightest crak in the hub or on the edge of the disc somewhere is all it really takes. My reaction whe I first read about this phenomenon was "Cool! I sure hope that never happens to me!"
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    Re: Exploding CD

    You can rule out the power surge possibility, for sure.
    Excessive spin speed and a flaw in the CD material is the best answer. I don't think that it happens THAT often but I guess you were one of the UN-lucky ones/ <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Thanks. I did wonder if Christmas had anything to do with it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> What do you all think about the drive - is it toast or is cleaning to remove debris possible? It's an internal drive by the way.

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Cah,

    It's certainly worth the try to clean it up & try an expendable CD in it, like an AOL coaster. <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Hmmn, I am going to disagree with Bob. So many things could have been damaged by the fragments, not the least of the which is the laser's lens. Smaller parts may have gotten into the servo motor assembly and drive track.

    CD drives are cheap, as far as components go. I think it would be wise to get something new to replace it, as it will likely be simply a matter of time before the one that held the exploding CD wears out.
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    Re: Exploding CD

    If the balance is off, by placing a small label on one side can cause this also. That is why one needs to always use a full circular label.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Even by using the full labels, you're risking a balance problem. I use the Sharpie brand off markers to label my CDs.
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    Re: Exploding CD

    But like I say, It's worth the try. If it doesn't work....it doesn't work. I wouldn't condemn it just because of a minor explosion !!!!
    I've seen MANY an electro-mechanical device work fine after what seemed like a catastrophic event. Smoke and flames and all. Let it cool off and run it.

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    Re: Exploding CD

    Surely, you have a point. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I just would prefer to avoid the potential aggravation, personally, and would relegate it to a spare in case something else died a sudden death.
    -Mark

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