Is storing CDs in those spindles (say 50 piece) safe? Wont the pressure do something bad to them? Yes I know, thats how they are sold, but then again, they prolly dont sit there for few years that way, do they?
Coz I have many cds without boxes, and thats a good thing, coz I wouldnt have space otherwise, but I'm having problems of how could I store them..
Unless the discs are physically deformed by heat and/or pressure, stacking them on spindles shouldn't have any adverse effects. Stacking 50 discs is no big deal.
The data is stored inside the disc, and if care is taken not to scratch the outer layers (particularly the top surface) this method of storage can be used. This may be OK for a short term solution, but over the long run you are better off to use a method that allows individual access of discs without handling others. The downside in accessing discs on a spindle is that many other discs may have to be moved and handled which increases the possibility of wear or damage.
Unused retail packages of CD-R's can sit for years on a spindle without any concerns. They do have a shelf life and will eventually degrade, but this is due to the physical characteristics of the dye and not the spindle packaging.
I store my CD-R's on the spindle as well. It's the most efficent storage in terms of space. I hate opening and closing hundreds of CD cases, as well as the extra space it takes up.
I think the average lifetime for me is about 2-3 years, as my first Fuji CD-R's are starting to show a few errors.
I just have to go thru them and do a "scandisk" on them to test them. I've already made back ups of my very first CD-R's... But even with errors, most CD-Rom's should still be able to read them okay for a while...