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    CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    After a conversation in MC Gold, I figured I would share the following information in the Tech Lounge.

    When you write on your disks, please please please remember to use a pen that is made for CDsDVDs. My brother knew a sound guy that worked at Disney. He put his entire library on back up CDs and wrote on them with a regular Sharpie. The ink deteriorated the CDs over time and he lost his whole library. Very sad.

    I found this on a google search:

    http://www.mscience.com/faq508.html

    Sharpie does sell a pen that is compatible with CD media:

    http://www.sharpie.com/sanford/consu...Type=SNTYPE004

    I bought mine for work through Office Depot.

    http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=258440
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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    umm, crud

    *looks at all her backup CDs and DVDs that are covered in sharpies*
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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Yep that is exactly what they do. Sharpie ink eats right through the discs and kills anything on there. I had a copy of the movie ClockWork Orange that was affected by this.
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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Whoops.

    I don't know why but my CD that used a sharpie on are still after having them for a few years, but my siblings CDs are a mess of spots, but they haven't used those in years.

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    LightScribe for the win.
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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Good to know!

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Thanks for the info ... but I love my sharpie!


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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    I never write on my CD's with Markers because it could do some damage. You should also keep them straight up rather than laying down flat on the surface. The government did studies years ago that show that the data side of the discs could get warped that way.

    Thanks for the suggestion Mamabot .

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    I had no idea - thanks.

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    I just make my own custom labels.

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamabot View Post
    Sharpie does sell a pen that is compatible with CD media:

    http://www.sharpie.com/sanford/consu...Type=SNTYPE004

    I bought mine for work through Office Depot.

    http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=258440
    Thank you for the info! I am so sad! I have written on many a CD with Sharpie, and I also sent Kelly a CD I had written on with black Sharpie. Sorry, Kelly!!! I didn't know!!!

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Yikes. Most of my CDs have sharpie ink on them.
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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Monorail Man View Post
    LightScribe for the win.
    dont you need light scribe CD / DVDs to use it effectively though??

    -remembers he has a light scribe drive on the office pv and laptop-

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Holy cow... I almost always write on them with a Sharpie! Guess I'd better back up-Stat!

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    Re: CDs: Mark with the right pen please!

    Quote Originally Posted by figment1986 View Post
    dont you need light scribe CD / DVDs to use it effectively though??
    It only works on Lightscribe CDs and DVDs. They are a tad bit more expensive (1 - 2 per DVD/CD [Sale, Bulk (300+ Disks)), but it's worth it for clients, as they get a professional looking DVD without having to deal with sticky lables.
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