Frequently Asked Questions
RECORDABLE CD FAQ
CD-Recordable is compact disc technology that allows us to create CDs. This is done by means of a recording system that uses "write once" type optical discs standardized by Philips and Sony and documented in the "Orange Book, Part II" and a CD recording device that is connected to a host system. Typically, the host system is a personal computer which also contains recording software.
Music - Do you have recordings never released on CD? Enjoy that great music again and again by allowing FamilyShperes to create an audio CD. We'll compile your favorite songs on CD. Or we can create your own original CD*.
(* You will need a sound card for playback on a computer. Copyright law permits duplication of recordings you own for your personal use. Recording copyrighted material for commercial purposes or distribution without permission could result in civil or criminal liability.)
Archive - For pennies a mega-byte you can archive your family photos on CD-R. Its the least expensive way to backup critical information. And unlike other, more expensive backup media, you have instant access to your data.
Preserve - And have confidence that the material you archived cant be altered or erased. Keep a copy at a second location, such as a safe deposit box or a friends house. Then if your originals are destroyed you can print from your CD.
Distribute your own multimedia presentations and catalogs - With high-resolution images and CD quality sound. If you have a multimedia presentation or digital catalog, theres no better way to distribute it than CD. With CD-R you dont need to worry about media compatibility. Almost everyone with a PC has a CD-ROM drive - nearly 500 million in use world wide.
Transfer up to 650 MB of data - deliver large quantities of data to additional computers.
Send big graphics files to a service bureau.
Yes and yes. The common specification agreed to by all CD-R media manufacturers and CD recorder manufacturers is the Orange Book, Part II, which insures interoperability. The media is as reliable as are your safeguards to insure proper handling and storage of the media.
The CD-R media manufacturers have performed extensive media longevity studies using industry defined tests and mathematical modeling techniques, with results claiming longevity from 200 years to over 350 years. The primary caveat is how you handle and store the media. With proper handling and storage, your CD-R will outlive you.
Just like you do your regular CDs. Avoid extreme temperatures. Store in the jewel case or protective covering. Do not leave out or stack uncovered CDs. Handle uncovered CDs by the edges.
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