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

• Use a non-solvent-based felt-tip permanent marker to mark the label side of 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're ready to record data on that disc.

• 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.

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

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

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