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Suggestions For Keeping Your Data Safe Page 2

· Handle discs by the outer edge or the center hole.
· Use a nonsolvent-based felt-tip permanent marker to mark the label side of the disc.
· Keep dirt or other foreign matter from the disc.
· Store discs upright (book style) in plastic cases specified for CDs and DVDs.
· Return discs to storage cases immediately after use.
· Leave discs in their packaging (or cases) to minimize the effects of environmental changes.
· Open a recordable disc package only when you are ready to record data on that disc.
· Store in a cool, dry, dark environment in which the air is clean.
· 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.
· Use CD/DVD cleaning detergent, isopropyl alcohol, or methanol to remove stubborn dirt or material.
· Check the disc surface before recording.

Do Not:
· Touch the surface of the disc.
· Bend the disc.
· Use adhesive labels.
· Store discs horizontally for a long time (years).
· Open a recordable optical disc package if you are not ready to record.
· Expose discs to extreme heat or high humidity.
· Expose discs to extreme rapid temperature or humidity changes.
· Expose recordable discs to prolonged sunlight or other sources of UV light.
· Write or mark in the data area of the disc (area where the laser "reads").
· Clean in a circular direction around the disc.

Archival Storage Facility
Recommendation For Storing CDs And DVDs Together
Relative Humidity (RH)
CD, DVD Less than 20ÞC (68ÞF) 20% to 50% RH
  Greater than 4ÞC (39ÞF)  
A temperature of 18ÞC and 40% RH would be considered suitable for long-term storage.
A lower temperature of RH is recommended for extended-term storage.

As senior manager of product marketing for Maxtor-branded products, Paul Streit is responsible for product development, worldwide coordination and marketing for Maxtor's family of retail products.

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