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Specifically a liteon dvd multi recorder. Which can burn and read dvd's. Is there a specific number of burns which you can use? And after that, the burner will no longer work? Do you know of any useful tips on how to have a longer dvd rom lifespan?If it has really a lifespan.

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wondering the same thing myself... just noticed all of my most recent burns are bad, and i'm trying to figure out if it's a burner issue or something else. :( – quack quixote Dec 5 '09 at 19:11
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Lifespan only depends on the environment. If there is much dust/smoke/dirt/etc it may break sooner.

Also if the Drive isnt used regularly (reading CD or DVD is enough), it will break sooner.

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Is that so?thanks man. – soul Dec 5 '09 at 10:37

depends on the DVD too and the speed you wrote the DVD/CD. As fast as you write more problems you will have. I have different kinds of CD and DVD stored under the same condition. Sometimes I have problems reading a 4 year old disc and can read an older disc without problems.

With time, the CD/DVD start to deteriorate and lose information.

Kodak has a CD/DVD that they say will keep the data for 100 years.

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i think the question is about the lifespan of the drive rather than that of optical media. – Molly7244 Dec 5 '09 at 15:44

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