CD Labeler : Keep your CD collection organized with a CD Label Maker

Ways to Label a CD or DVD

We all know that if discs aren't labeled right after they're burned, chances are that it'll never be done. We stack them on top of a CD or DVD pile, thinking that we'll remember what's on them. Of course, a few days after we might remember. A few weeks later though, I doubt you could. I can't. So label those CDs right away, while you still remember what’s on them.

Label a CD with a Marker

You can write directly on a disc with a marker. The problem is that the chemicals in the ink can "eat" the plastic and damage it, compromising the integrity of the data on it. 

To use a pencil / ballpoint pen is also a bad idea. The pressure exerted is enough to damage the layer the laser has to scan, making it unreadable.

A crayon is not better, as wax can transfer to the drive's head or mechanism, affecting the readability of ALL your CDs.

Use the small self-adhering label that comes with the CD

This can be peeled off and affixed to the CD, The only issue is that the label can peel off, and if it happens when it is inside your drive, you're in for trouble...

Print a Label with a Disc Labeling Software

There are many products that let you print a round label (in a donut shape the size of the disk) on your printer and stick it on your CD. You must be careful though to not touch the sticky part of the label, as the label must not have a single wrinkle. Also, the label must be centered right. If you fail to do so, a wrinkled or off-center label can make a disc spinning at high speed wobble, making the disc unreadable, or even damaging the drive.


Surething CD Labeler Software

Whether you make music CDs, burn home videos or simply create backup discs, SureThing CD/DVD Labeler Deluxe makes it easy to create CD and DVD labels. This deluxe version also has many extra fonts, supports LightScribe Direct-to-Disc Labeling, and supports Epson CD/DVD Printers, as well as the Primera, Rimage, Signature and Versadyne CD printers.

Print directly on the disc

There exists specialized printers that print directly on the CD, without the need of a paper label.

Casio CW-E60 Disc Title Printer

The Disc Title Printer CW-E60 labels CDs and DVDs with a blank surface, in a 200 dpi resolution. The CW-E60 is a thermal printer that connects directly to your computer via a USB cable. An on-screen preview image shows exactly what will be printed on the disc. The CW-E60 is powered either by 8 “AA” size batteries or an AC adaptor.

Casio CW-E60 CD printer
Casio CW-E60 CD printer

The complete package includes: AC adapter, USB cable, software, black ink ribbon, template and sample CD-R for testing.

Resolution (B&W): 200 dpi

Dymo DiscPainter CD/DVD Color Printer

The DiscPainter disc printer lets you print the entire printable area of your discs*. From the inner printable hub to the outer edge, DiscPainter can fill your discs with vivid colors. A design software, Discus for DYMO, is included with the DiscPainter disc printer.

Dymo DiscPainter Color CD Printer
Dymo DiscPainter Color CD Printer

From your PC or Mac, from Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, SureThing™ or QuarkXPress®, it’s easy to create a masterpiece for every disc. The DiscPainter disc printer's software, Discus for DYMO, also includes a great range of art canvases and a photo collage tool for fast designs.

(*The DiscPainter™ CD/DVD printer only prints on inkjet-printable disc surfaces. Inkjet-printable discs are available at retail stores that sell office supplies, computers, and electronics, as well as online stores. Different inkjet-printable disc finishes are available including matte white, glossy white, and silver.)

Resolution: Fast 600 dpi (two nozzle passes), Normal 600 dpi (eight nozzle passes) and Best 1200 dpi (eight nozzle passes).

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