How to Protect Your CD/DVD Discs

By · Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

How To Protect Your CD/DVD DiscsLast week I wrote about some different ways to destroy CD/DVD discs that are no longer needed. The opposite of disc destruction is disc protection. Today, we’re going to look at some ways to protect your important discs from harm.

The best way to keep discs from getting damaged is by always handling the discs properly. Make sure to always grip the disc from the outer edges and through the center hole. Avoid touching the top and bottom of the disc whenever possible. CD and DVD discs are sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, so don’t leave them in direct sunlight (such as on the dashboard of a car).

Another good way to keep CDs and DVDs protected is with proper packaging. While paper CD sleeves are an affordable means of preventing scratches, they do not offer the same level of protection as a plastic case. A plastic CD case will not only store a disc securely, it will also protect against dirt, scratches, and being dropped.

Cases such as SlimPaks and TrimPaks, CD ClamShells, and VarioPacs are just a few types of plastic CD/DVD cases available to protect your important discs. CDROM2GO stocks these and other plastic storage cases in a variety of colors.

For high volume disc storage, consider CD cake boxes. These stackable and versatile cases are available in 10, 25, 50, and 100 count sizes. Cake boxes are an efficient way to store discs that are not used every day such as backup discs and archived materials. They are also great for storing multiple copies of the same disc in a very compact format.

But what do you do when it comes to multiple disc sets or discs that need to be stored in chronological order? CD albums are a great way to keep your discs organized from start to finish. CD albums can be used for storing discs in a case that’s not much larger than a regular jewel case.

CD binders are ideal for high-volume situations where more than 10 discs need to be stored safely. It is easy to add and remove pages with a binder, thanks to their handy 3-ring design. Simply pop open the rings, add or remove the sheet, and snap the rings closed again! Many of the binder pages available hold four discs per side, for a total of eight discs per sheet.

When it comes to protecting discs as they go through the mail, nothing beats the safety and security of a bubble CD/DVD mailer. A 6″x9″ mailer is the perfect size for sending a full size DVD case or CD jewel cases through the mail. The bubble wrap construction provides a cushioning layer for the contents so they will not get damaged or broken. Best of all, the water-resistant polyvinyl exterior will keep your discs nice and dry, even in wet conditions.

Well that about wraps it up for CD and DVD protection tips! If you have any suggestions or ideas that I forgot, please post a comment and let me know!


Another great idea for protection is the Norazza Protective Disc Skin or d_skin. I can’t say myself how well they work, but a very cool idea. Especially for those with young children who like to use them to slide across the floor, like my nephew used to. These d_skins snap around any full-size 120mm disc and Norazza claims that you can even burn data to the writable discs with them on.

This sounds like protection …. I am looking for an affordable means to PREVENT copying of data CDs…?

Preventing users from copying data CDs is almost more trouble than it is worth. PC game developers often use commercially available protection such as Macrovision or SafeDisc to protect their content. They use “dummy tracks” or a fake Table of Contents to fool the copier into thinking the source disc is too large to fit on the destination disc, but some of them can be bypassed simply by holding down the Shift key while the disc is inserted.

There are burning programs for the PC that allow you to create discs that cannot be copied such as Nero, CloneCD, and CDRWIN, however you must burn each disc one at a time from the computer. There are no options in any tower that I know of to create copy-protected discs.

The easiest approach is to produce content in a format that cannot easily be copied, such as a protected PDF file for documents.

Another more recent development which I have noticed is the Eco Disc. These discs are far more flexible which I have found to be very benifical as less discs are cracked. However, they are more expensive than a standard disc.