Here's our Hardware Tip for.. January 5, 2007
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Better Ways to Label Your Discs
It's easier than ever to record your music, movies, and data on CD or DVD, but burning the disc is only half the battle. Figuring out the best way to label it can prove to be just as much of a challenge.

Most digital-media suites like Nero Ultra Edition and Roxio Easy Media Creator have solved part of the problem by providing easy-to-master label-creation tools that can import background images, create curved text, and generate track listings and album/artist information. In the past, you may have then printed your design to a crack-and-peel adhesive label, but this isn't always the best way to go.

These labels look fine, but they are tricky to work with and can cause playback problems or ruin discs and drives entirely. They also tend to consume a lot of expensive ink if you create them with an ink jet printer. Instead of using adhesive labels, you'd be better off just pulling out a Sharpie and labeling the discs by hand.