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What is the lifespan of a CD-ROM disc?

Get the accurate lifespan of a CD-ROM disc.

A CD-ROM disc can be expected to last about three to five years. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©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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