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    Check Your CDs

    I know that doesn't sound like a topic for the Software forum, but since most of my CDs involve software, I'll tell my story here. As a part of using and learning VirtualPC (<!post=this thread,384935>this thread<!/post>) I was going to install Windows 2000 as my second virtual machine. When I opened up the zipper case where I keep my most "important" CDs, I found that my original (MS branded) CD for Win2K had a small amount of flaking of the mylar surface (?) at the edge and the CD would not boot! I didn't notice it being "stuck" or anything like that when I removed it from the case, so I think it was just a matter of age or temperature or .... There's been a fair amount of writing on this subject lately, but this is the first time I've been bitten. Funny how one takes a mindset that a CD is something of a lifetime device and if you don't scratch it, you expect it to last forever!

    Luckily for me, I have a backup CD on which I've put drag-n-drop copies of all my OSs, going back to 3.11 except that the Win2K is obviously not on its original bootable CD. In order to get it installed on the virtual machine, I first had to install Win98 and follow that by "upgrading" to Win2K. Now that I think about it, I guess it's time to re-make that backup, as I've not put a backup copy of my WinXP on there.

    The moral of my tale is - check your CDs and if you've got a burner, make a back of super-important ones that you don't want to have to buy again. Maybe even DON'T do it by drag-n-drop as I did, but rather a CD Copy so you'll retain its bootability.

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    Re: Check Your CDs

    Hi BigAl,

    One question, you mention "When I opened up the zipper case...", are your CDs unprotected in the zipper case? I keep all of my CDs in jewel cases and then stored in racks where I "think" there is some protection from the elements.

    Thanks again for the timely reminder of backing up originals.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Bob

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    Re: Check Your CDs

    Weelllll, they're not unprotected but I'm not sure how much protection they get. The zipper case I have is one that has many plastic (or is it mylar?) "pages" and each page has two sleeves for CDs on each side. The thing I worry about is that they're pretty tight in there but it was a transport necessity a few years ago. I also have some "tubs" with lids that have slots for the CDs, all of which is intended to avoid the use of the space hogging jewel cases.

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    Re: Check Your CDs

    Is it possible that the plastic / vinyl is reacting to the CD. If you look at the jewel case there is a small raised circle that keeps the cd raised off the plastic. I have heard that the inks that are used on the CD's slowly degrade the CD.

    The new slim jewel cases are half the size of the old ones.
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