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LightScribe DVD media have opened up a whole new territory in user-generated disc labeling. No more adhesive papers and messy inks; gone too the days of carefully holding your disc as you painstakingly apply the label. With LightScribe DVD media, end-users and hobbyists can sit back and let a specially designed drive mechanism do all the work!

LightScribe DVD media can only be labeled in grayscale, however - though different colored backings do exist (for example, grayscale on gold, grayscale on silver, and so forth). LightScribe DVD media users must also be careful not ot expose their specially coated discs to too much light and heat, as the laser-etched images are susceptible to fading under such conditions.

And while we're on the subject of taking care of your discs, let's get deeper into that: Have you been having trouble reading your DVD? Whether you are trying to write on a Blank DVD or watch a movie on your DVD player, chances are that if you are having trouble reading your DVD it needs to be cleaned. Now wait a minute, before you run to your bathroom cabinet and whip out the Windex you may want to read this quick guide on how to properly clean a DVD.

First let's take a quick look into the background of the DVD. A DVD contains approximately ten times the information than a CD. In order for this to happen a DVD is produced with tighter spacing in the data bumps (the place where the information is actually written). As well, the disk will spin at a much higher RPM (rate per minute) than a CD. That is why a small smudge, fingerprint or minor scratch has the possibility to cause major problems.

Now let's get to the good part, cleaning your DVD. There are many ways to clean your disk, however in this article we will be discussing a mild cleaning process. First you will want to start with a mild dishwashing liquid in warm water, clean warm water that is, but I thought the clean part was a given :). Now take a cotton cloth (once again a clean one) and lightly wipe the bottom part of the disk (not the label side), you will want to work your way outward starting from the middle part of the disk to the outer edges. While doing this always hold the disk in a way that you are not touching the bottom of the disk, so using the center hole or holding the disk by gripping the outer edges would be the best.

Finally let the disk dry and give it a go. Hopefully the disk will read, burn or play and the cleaning process was a successful one. If it still does not read, burn or play then you will need to take it to the next level and try a more aggressive cleaning approach. Look for my future articles on the more aggressive cleaning methods available.

Please keep in mind this article was written for human interest purposes and should not be taken as definitive technical advice. The reader is urged to consult his or her owner's manual, drive manufacturer or the like. We cannot be held liable in any event.