Get the accurate lifespan of a CD-ROM disc.
©Jupiter Images, 2009 A CD-ROM disc can be expected to last about three to five years.
Although manufacturers claim that a CD-ROM disc will last 20 years, recent statements by the United States National Archives and Records Administration suggest that a lifespan of three to five years is more accurate. The main problem is that the aluminum substratum on which the data is recorded is vulnerable to oxidation.
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