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10-04-2005, 10:35 PM
I'm currently on my fall break and came into a dilemma. I made an order to TRSI about three evenings ago for several products. I sent an e-mail saying to hold the products for shipment until the 14th. However, TRSI failed to get to my e-mail until today afternoon. /images/graemlins/depresse.gif By then the order had already been sent. Because my DVDs will now have to wait for me for about a week on my front porch, I was wondering how easily DVDs are damaged by temperature. Will DVDs be fine in the (Farenheight) 30<x<75 temperature range?
Should not be any problem.
You want to avoid very high temperatures like direct sun or the trunk of a black car on a sunny day (enough to warp the plastic). You should avoid any sudden temperature shocks, if the box is out in the cold, bring it into the house and let it sit for an hour to warm up slowly, don't rip it open and put a freezing cold disk into a toasty warm DVD player.
10-04-2005, 11:57 PM
The DVDs will be in the box, so direct contact will not be much of a problem. I'll do as you say then and let the DVDs sit for awhile.
10-05-2005, 09:01 AM
DVD discs are specced up to 50° (C, of course), so they'll be fine.
'The DVD specification recommends that discs be stored at a temperature between -20 to 50 °C (-4 to 122 °F) with less than 15 °C (27 °F) variation per hour, at relative humidity of 5 to 90 percent.'
(from the dvd faq)
10-05-2005, 03:36 PM
About the only optical media you need to worry about are CD-R, DVD-R and such.
Organic dyes are used so they are quite susceptible to light and heat (depending on the type of organic dye use and the quality).
Store bought is nothing to worry about. Recordable discs more more probematic. Especially if you buy cheap DVD R media.
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