How to maximize the lifetime and usefulness of optical discs, specifically CD and DVD media?  How to  minimize chances of information loss caused by environmental influences or physical handling? How to prevent premature degradation, information loss, CD and DVD structure, disc life expectancy, and conditions that affect optical discs?

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You will also read about other issues relevant to the management or maintenance of optical systems. Excluded, for example, are such topics as care and maintenance of the disc drive device and associated hardware and software; digital rights and related legal questions; and methods of making, sending, and receiving digital copies, including analog-digital conversion procedures .

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CD and DVD Care and Handling Guide