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Is it safe to write on the top of a CD-R disk with a "Sharpie" Pen

Ellis Vener , Feb 12, 2002; 05:03 p.m.

Is it safe to write on the top of a CD-R disk with a "Sharpie" Pen or will the ink damage the info burned to the CD-R? If it will damage the information on the disk, how long will that take?<P> To be clear I am not talking about commercially produced CD-ROM disks but with a CD-R that I have burned information to. If a Sharpie is not safe, is there a writing implement that is or should I use labels?


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Darin McCauley , Feb 12, 2002; 07:40 p.m.

I have never had a problem with disks that I've written on with a 'Sharpie'. I find this preferable to paper labels. On the contrary, some sticky labels seem too bulky and give the cdplayer problems.

Richard Cochran , Feb 12, 2002; 07:40 p.m.

I've been regularly writing on CD-R disks using Sharpies for the past six years. If there's a problem, it hasn't shown up yet.

Scott Eaton , Feb 12, 2002; 07:47 p.m.

Provided you aren't mounting that sharpie in a 25,000 RPM router you should be fine.

Jeffrey Cessna , Feb 12, 2002; 07:48 p.m.

"Sharpie" Pen?

Check out this article on CNET: "The Lowdown on CD Labelling" http://music.cnet.com/music/0-1566074-8-6883119-1.html

Lee Shively , Feb 12, 2002; 07:48 p.m.

When I bought my first music CD player about 1982, I wrote my name on all my CD's with a Sharpie. Someone told me it would ruin them. I'm still playing Beethoven, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Miles Davis today from those CD's without a hitch.

Ken Burns , Feb 12, 2002; 07:50 p.m.

Writing with a Sharpie on the side of the disc that has the manufacturer's label will cause no damage to the info since it is recorded on the other side. I don't think the solvents in the inks used in the Sharpie could somehow soak through the disk. Don't slide the disc around on the table while writing or you could damage the information by scratching the disc.

Jeffrey Cessna , Feb 12, 2002; 08:04 p.m.

a different CNET link ...

Actually the top layer of a disk is a sensitive layer. Here is the CNET link I was looking for the first time. See disk anaotomy 101 about the top layer. See also, care and feeding for the original question.


gregg kaufman , Feb 12, 2002; 08:14 p.m.

Is it safe...?

I thought it was safe...until someone lost an eye. Just remember to do it sitting down and wear goggles. :)

Evrim Icoz , Feb 12, 2002; 09:41 p.m.


Where does it say it is sensitive?

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