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Are DVDs More Fragile That CDs?
It is not commonly known that DVDs are actually far more sensitive to scratching and destruction than CDs. On CDs, the data is able to be stored closer to the label side of the disc, which provides a little bit of extra physical protection. However, since DVDs store data on both sides, each has only a thin layer of protection between your beloved Angelina Jolie movie and the harsh outside world. This means that even the smallest scratches can cause a great deal of difficulty in your DVD player’s ability to read the disc.

Scratch-Proof DVDs?
Earlier this year, the manufacturer TDK released a new DVD that can withstand the forces of a screwdriver, a permanent marker and, yes, even a two-year-old child. They are still awaiting the patent for their polymer coating. These discs are certainly more durable than the majority of DVDs currently being sold. However, you can expect to pay five or six times more for this new technology. Naturally, these prices are expected to fall over the next few years, so unless you’re willing to shell out big bucks for a DVD that can double as a Frisbee, follow the above tips and be careful with your discs.

Your music and movie collection is valuable and can be enjoyed for years to come on many evolutions of your system, as long as you care for your discs as though they are fine art – which in many ways they are. You can save space by storing your CDs away in cases or you can have unprecedented access to your music and movies on innovative new servers, but no matter what, keep your archived discs protected and waiting for you in the event you need them. If you are careful, you can make them last a lifetime.
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