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1. Check the disc surface before recording.

2. Handle discs by the outer edge or the center hole.

3. Use a non-solvent-based felt-tip permanent marker to mark the label side of the disc.

4. Store discs in a cool, dry, dark environment in which the air is clean.

5. Store discs upright (book style) in plastic cases specified for CDs and DVDs.

6. Keep dirt or other foreign matter from the disc.

7. Return discs to storage cases immediately after use.

8. Leave discs in their packaging (or cases) to minimize the effects of environmental changes.

9. Open a recordable disc package only when you are ready to record data on that disc.

10.Remove dirt, foreign material, fingerprints, smudges, and liquids by wiping with a clean cotton fabric in a straight line from the center of the disc toward the outer edge.

11.Use CD/DVD-cleaning detergent, isopropyl alcohol, or methanol to remove stubborn dirt or  material.

12.Wipe discs gently in only a radial direction (a straight line between the Hub and the rim.

 Do Not:

1. Touch the play surface of the disc.

2. Bend the disc.

3. Use adhesive labels.

4. Store discs horizontally for a long time (years).

5. Open a recordable optical disc package if you are not ready to record.

6. Expose discs to extreme heat or high humidity.

7. Expose discs to extremely rapid temperature or humidity changes.

8. Expose recordable discs to prolonged sunlight or other sources of ultraviolet light.

9. Write or mark in the data area of the disc (the area the laser “reads”).

10. Expose DVD to magnetic fields, dust, and fingerprints.

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