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Instability And Vulnerability Of CD-R Carriers To Sunlight

Many audio and audiovisual archives use the CD-R medium as a temporary target medium for the transfer of analog recordings. Smaller audio archives, and research audio archives in particular, are usually inadequately aware of the vulnerability of CD-Rs and do not place enough importance upon the correct manner of storage and handling of digital carriers. It is the aim of this paper to draw attention to the vulnerability of CD-R carriers to sunlight and to emphasize that an inadequate choice of a disc, careless handling and storage, and inadequate testing can quickly jeopardize previously recorded archival material or even lead to its loss.

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