As a software engineer I have to say that SONY's position that "The CD will probably cause a system to crash, but it will not alter anything," is about the siliest thing I have ever heard. Modern computers use a software disc cache to hold data in memory until it's convenient to write it. If their corrupted CD causes the computer to crash while the data is in meory but hasn't been written to the hard drive the data is lost. Even worse is if it causes the computer to crash while the data is being written to the drive. This can cause the data to be written to the wrong place on the drive and not only lose the data in memory, but corrupt the contents of the disc whether it be a program or data. If it is a program you can expect weird behavior when it executes, if it is data, then it may be unreadable. Either way it is a lose lose situation.
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