Is there any way to mend a broken CD?
CD Broken Into Two
This is one of the most exasperating things that happened to me. My backup CD was broken into two! Is there any way I could repair this? I could probably use an instant glue to mend them but accessing the files would be impossible!
I tried to figure out what happened. I was in a hurry then to leave the office and I just literally tossed my CD into my bag where my file folder was kept. I thought it was nestled securely inside one of the folders. I did not in any way thought that something like this will happen. When I opened my bag at home, there it was – my CD neatly broken into two.
Why Keep Files in CDs
There are various reasons why I keep my files in CDs. I usually archive my files in CDs thinking that those files will be safe from getting erased if something goes wrong with my computer, such as getting a virus or when the hard disk breaks down and becomes inaccessible. This worked at least for many years that I have been using my computer.
Compact Discs Have Inherent Weaknesses
Recently, I learned that compact discs have inherent weaknesses as backups because the coating can get peeled off for some reason. I had a rewritable CD before and thought it would endure several writing episodes but at one point the coating just peeled off and I lost all my precious data. Also, just a pinprick damage on the coating, such as the CD accidentally hit by a pencil, a pin or any sharp object, could make the CD useless. Plus, some CDs appear to have some kind of expiration date, where, after several months those CDs could not be opened or accessed anymore. But there are CDs, such as the AZO formulation by Mitsubishi, where manufacturers claim has a data life of 100 years.
Despite these weaknesses, I kept on backing up files which I use less often as these are easily marked and arranged in their casings. No virus can penetrate a read-only memory (ROM) file in those polycarbonate discs. Even if a virus was written on it, you can just leave it there for say several months then copy the whole file again and subject it to updated antivirus program. Most probably, the virus could be removed as somebody by then might have written a counterprogram.
Let Bygones Be Bygones
This recent event of my CD breaking up into two, however, made me ponder if my filing or archiving system using CDs are reliable at all. Maybe it’s high time I buy that USB hard drive that I kept on postponing believing that my filing system is good enough. Or maybe I’ll use Google Docs in preparing documents, or avail of Webroot’s Backup System, or probably just change my outlook regarding those things that I already did. Maybe I should just ignore and forget everything that I’ve written and did on the computer and just say “Let bygones be bygones” and think I can do better than what I already did.