Re: DVD Durability

Gary Handman (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:33:02 -0800 (PST)

This is reallllly off the top of the head, and with little but anecdotal
evidence, Kris, but we've found that DVD's seem for some reason to be more
susceptible to errors due to dirt and grim than laser. Don't know if this
is just a quirk...if it's due to a more finely tuned read mechanism in DVD,
or differences in the physical medium.

Gary Handman

>We haven't collected DVDs long enough to have any data on durability yet.
>There are anecdotes suggesting that DVDs are easily damaged. Have any of
>your libraries experienced problems with DVD durability? I'm hoping some
>of you have had DVDs in circulation long enough to have anecdotal
>information of your own! Thanks.
>Kristine Brancolini
>Indiana University Libraries

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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