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Re: [ARSCLIST] Recommended CD-R's (and risks associated with their use)
Among archivists (whose main concern is long-term survivability),
Mitisui (MAM-A) Gold CDs are generally preferred, if not standard.
They're usually used as a back-up to a hard drive system, and best
practice dictates to store them something like 50 miles away from the
hard drive. I recently bought a ton, and I found that (a) prices vary a
lot, so shop around, both among 'archival' supply companies and audio
suppliers; and (b) it pays to buy un-boxed, and purchase jewel cases
separately (incidentally, full-size jewel cases are also often preferred
for long-term storage; stay away from the slim cases, and most sleeves).
And, as people have said, nix on the paper labels if your major concern
Project Archivist, Muskie Archives & Special Collections
70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240-6018