“My PC ate my CD”, An Urban Myth?!

Posted: July 9, 2007 in Misc

Hello World,

This topic may be a little off topic but I felt it worth mentioning. This story is one for the Myth Busters!

This morning I though I would install one of my older educational computer games for my nephew to play when returns home. I dusted off the CD and placed it into the CD/DVD drive. After closing the drive door I listened to the familiar disk “whirl” and waited for the install dialog box to appear. About 5 seconds later I heard a sound that was both sudden and frightening. It came from the CD drive. I though my PC was dead until I opened the CD drive and found the pieces of what used to be My Dad and Me by the Berienstain Bears – a computer story book.

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I couldn’t believe it. Did I insert it incorrectly? Was the CD warped? Was my PC expressing its opinion about the book (I saw the Transformers movie just two days before)? It wasn’t until I later relayed my experience to a co-worker that I discovered that some older CDs may not be able to withstand the speed and heat of today’s PCs.

So if you need an excuse for work not done on time tell them, “My PC ate my CD”, and then point them to this posting. Of course if they ask, “why didn’t you make a backup?” then you’re on your own.

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Comments
  1. Matthias says:

    It came out like THAT?! Amazing and frightening at the same time …

    From what year was the CD?

  2. Tony says:

    Myth Busters did cover this one 🙂
    At a speed of 52x 99.9% of CDs are fine, but considering the number of CDs in the world, some of them still explode

    I hope your computer survived

  3. therush says:

    Yes. It literally exploded.

    Thinking about how old my daughter is now and when I must have bought it for her … I must have bought it in the late 90’s.

    I missed that episode. The CD drive will not stay closed. It will be replaced.

    Thanks

  4. Chris Turvey says:

    I am gonna look like a nerd on this one… but the CD was more likely to be “My Dad and Me” by Mercer Mayer featuring his little critter characters.

    Yeah… I got nephews (and a son that is not old enough to enjoy such things).

    Glad everyone involved is ok tho.

  5. therush says:

    You may be right. I have so many of those type of CDs. I just grabbed the first one on top.

    Yeah, I’ll call this one a “PC of Mass Destruction”.

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