Does CD ripping hurt CD?

March 19, 2005 at 22:40:49
Specs: Win XP, 3.0 GHZ/ 512MB

I was wondering if ripping a CD (one that you buy in a store) will hurt the orginal CD, because I am one who buys CD's and I do not download them for free, I just want to have back-ups so if they get lost or destroyed. I use the ripper in Windows Media Player 10. The reson why I ask this question, is because when it rips the CD spins at a very fast speed, now some of those early CD's that they made back in the 80's where not designed for this "fast speed", and is it possible there could be damage done?

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March 19, 2005 at 23:30:54

it will not hurt the cd. the only way you might hurt it would be to spin the cd at like 100x. but the dell cdrom drives rip slower than my 48x drive. so your 80s cds will be fine.

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March 19, 2005 at 23:47:18

It is possible that your older CDs may have developed hairline radial cracks. They do deteriorate with age and/or exposure. Any sign of damage and then yes running them in a CDROM at something like 40X can lead to a disk shattering. If it does happen it may or may not cause damage to the drive.

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March 20, 2005 at 05:26:33

You can select your speed in some ripping softwares.

Use nero.... select a SLOW speed (which you can do do in nero 6). Use Nero to make a CD COPY of your cd. Then rip the mp3s from the copy.

Personally I wouldn't worry. And they did a test on mythbusters on this phenomenon, and it turns out they had to go up to 54x and still couldn't get it to happen, but thjat was with new cd's. And we all know plastic technologies have changed over 15 years.

They did spin a cd on a 10,000 rpm router, and needless to say, the thing shattered into shards of lethal plastic, lol.

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March 20, 2005 at 09:49:09

Go ahead and rip. CDs do come apart, but it's pretty rare and it can happen while playing as much as ripping.

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