# MD Discs Die After How Many Uses?

#### Chris Chapman

##### Active Member
Anybody else have a good estimate on how long Mini-Discs can be written, erased, and re-written. I have some old discs that are throwing errors on recording. The unit is a TASCAM MD-350, and it is 100% reliable on playback. I think it's old media that is nailing me.

Any thoughts?

(And do not even begin to rag on MiniDisc units. Still more flexible than CD-R's.)

-Chris Chapman
TD, GPAC

#### icewolf08

##### CBMod
CB Mods
Sony says that it's MD media is good for multiple thousands of record/erase cycles. Wikipedia says that MDs are good for one million of cycles. Have you tried using a head cleaning cartridge? Are the discs dusty?

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##### Senior Team
Senior Team
I have found that usually around a 100 or so, depending. From what I can recall (its been awhile since i have used MD) that when a MD went south, it went south very hard and very quickly.

#### Chris Chapman

##### Active Member
The discs don't seem to be dusty, but I do know that they are pretty old. Time to try to invest in some new media.

**** budget cuts.... grumble grumble mutiny mutiny...