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Subject: Damage to electronic media by magnetic fields

Damage to electronic media by magnetic fields

From: Sonya Koros <smkst13>
Date: Thursday, November 2, 1995
Re: CDs and photocopying

Since a few people have expressed interest in knowing what the
responses were to my query about CDs and potential damage done by
exposing them to magnetic fields here is a summary of the responses:
CDs are not magnetic media (the data is stored in pits that are
inscribed in the disk) and thus are not prone to harm from a
magnetic field.  If any harm is done by photocopying a CD case with
the CD inside it would be the result of *prolonged*  or *repeated*
exposure to the copier's intense light; the light would burn away
the protective coating over the bits. So, copying the case once or
twice will not harm the CD. Thanks to all who sent responses.

Sonya Koros
Dept of Library Science
University of Pittsburgh

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:39
                 Distributed: Sunday, November 5, 1995
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Received on Thursday, 2 November, 1995

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