Cases & Storage FAQ

How should I store my DVDs and CDs?

National Institute of Standards and Technology list their storage recommendations as follows:

  • Store discs upright (bookstyle) in plastic cases. Return discs to storage cases immediately after use.
  • Leave discs in packaging/cases to minimize effects of environmental changes.
  • Store discs in a cool dry environment in which the air is clean.
  • Do not store discs horizontally for a long time.
  • Do not expose discs to extreme heat or high humidity.
  • Do not expose discs to extremely rapid temperature or humidity changes.
  • Do not expose recordable discs to prolonged sunlight or other sources of ultra violet light.

Following these guidelines will make for a longer life for your DVDs and CDs.

Where/How should video tapes be stored?

Video tapes should be stored upright in their cases. Temperature should remain relatively stable because fluctuating temperatures can cause cinching, creasing, and other types of damage. Cool and dry climate is good for long-term storage.