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Better LightScribe Images with Multiple Burns?
A reader over at Gizmodo is claiming to get significantly improved contrast on his LightScribe discs by simply burning the same image multiple times. Of course, the only reason this works is that LightScribe discs have alignment marks that allow the drive to burn the image in precisely the same spot every time (the drive knows exactly how much the disc is rotated at any given time).
One poster over there claims to worry that too many burns could eventually hurt the data layer. This is extremely unlikely: the data side is well-protected, and it's a key feature of LightScribe discs that the process offers no opportunity to "leak through" to the data side (unlike writing on the label side with the wrong kind of ink pen can do).
A more interesting question is how the higher-contrast LightScribe labels will hold up over time. It's an unfortunate feature of LightScribe discs that light exposure can eventually cause them to fade. But of course, light exposure can also eventually lead to corrupting some bits on the data side of the disc too -- best to not leave your optical discs laying out whether you use LightScribe or not.
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