As much as I hate to admit it, I have a few hundred CDs (mostly oldies and Greatest Hits albums of yesteryear), a similar number of DVD movies, and not one Mac that can play them.
Ernie Smith ran into something we need to consider. Disc rot.
CDs and DVDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the “disc rot” phenomenon, is more complicated
I went through my collection just to be sure.
Often, it looks like a coffee stain—a noticeable discoloration that for whatever reason you can’t get rid of. Sometimes, it looks like tiny pin pricks on the surface of a compact disc. And there are other times when the whole thing changes color. In any case, when you run into what’s known as disc rot, you’re out a great album or an interesting movie.
What causes disc rot?
Nimbus, the first CD manufacturer in the UK, said that it had done some research into the disc rot issue and found that most discs will self-destruct after between eight and 10 years…
Look for the rot. It kills discs