Is it Safe To Leave DVD in Drive?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

Is it OK to leave a DVD disk in the computer all the time or should it be removed?

If not, what could possibly happen!

Thank you for such a wonderful, informing and easy to understand site!


Dear Audrey,

It is fine to leave a DVD disk in the drive. The only thing that you might notice is that the disk will spin every time you turn your computer on, and it might take a little longer for the computer to start up, since it will check the contents of the disk for bootable files.

I quite often leave disks in the optical drive. Sometimes on purpose, but more often, I just forget it is there.



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    • ailurophile
    • July 7, 2014

    I disagree with your response about leaving a disc in the optical drive.
    Everything has a finite lifespan. Your drive has only so many spins in it. Granted, it will probably be out of date by that time, but why use up spins for nothing? The heat produced by the drive is also shortening its life, as well as that of the disc. Plus, each of those spins uses electricity. It’s not much, but it adds up over time. Why pay for electricity that’s only spinning a disc?

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