Writing on a blank CD, DVD, Blu-ray with a Sharpie Fine Point marker

Is it safe to use a Sharpie Fine Point marker to write on blank CD, DVD, Blu-ray? Forever; I've been using a regular Sharpie Fine Point marker to write on the top of blank media. I never had any problems or damage from my discs that I can think of. However, I was reading online that this can damage this disc(s) overtime. Is this true or false? What do you guys and gals use to write on blank media?

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Brett LarsonAsked:
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8046586Commented:
I am using it, and I never had any incident.
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dbruntonCommented:
I've not had problems either.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
A Sharpie is the de-facto standard for labeling Optical Media. Optical media is not really for extreme long term storage as the dyes can be damaged by many things, keep the disks in a cool,dry, lightproof area to get the maximum lifetime. This is especially noticeable when using budget media. For long term storage use archival media (very expensive) and still keep the disks in the same type of environment (cool,dry, lightproof) I used to use lightscribe media but lightscribe drives and media seem to have lost favour
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

I have used Vivid and / or Sharpie since the 90s - never had an issue with either.

Alan.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Its not that complicated...just go to any store and ask for a marker for CD
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Brett LarsonAuthor Commented:
@John Tsioumpris
Its not that complicated...just go to any store and ask for a marker for CD
I did and they pointed to the regular Sharpies.

I went to a couple retail stores and I couldn't find any markers that are made specifically for disc media.

@Alan
I have used Vivid and / or Sharpie since the 90s - never had an issue with either.
Me too.
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
well i never had a similar issue...just dont use markers with hard tip...these will damage the outer layer...other than that the markers with soft tips are 2 kinds regarding Dvd/ Cd..the ones that write nice and clear and they are  resistent to "smearing" and the usual ones (for kids)  well the writing is not that good...either is faded or the paint gets  smudged...
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
even a white-board marker will work (but not permanent)
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Leif StaffCommented:
No Problem using it.
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