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Hard Disk Duplicator Adapters Buyers Guide

Choosing the right adapter to use with your Aleratec Hard Disk Drive duplicator

While Aleratec Hard Disk Drive Duplicators are designed for use with SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs), many of them will also work with various other storage media with the addition of optional adapters which are available for purchase separately. This versatility allows an HDD duplicator to become a Compact Flash card duplicator or mSATA SSD duplicator or all three, just to give a few examples. However, with so many adapters available, it can get confusing which one goes with which duplicator. This guide will assist you in selecting the right duplicator and adapters for your needs.

Step 1 – What storage media would you like to duplicate?

Obviously, the right selection of duplicator and adapters depends on the different types of storage media for which you intend to use the duplicator. By combining duplicators with adapters, and in some cases without the need for any adapters, Aleratec HDD duplicators can support the following types of storage media:



In many cases, the same duplicator can work with multiple different adapters to support multiple different storage media types.

Step 2 – What capacity and speed of duplicator suits your needs best?

Once you've determined which types of media you need the duplicator to support (and which types you may need to support in the future or for one-off jobs), you can use the handy chart below to identify the Aleratec HDD duplicator models that will support the storage media for your needs. Oftentimes, you will still have a decision to make since more than one option will be able to support your storage media. At this point, it is time to think about capacity and speed, both of which contribute to, not only how fast you can finish your duplication jobs, but also efficiency and the amount time you need to spend babysitting the process. You will need to weigh this against the additional cost of the higher-capacity and industrial-performance models. Aleratec HDD duplicators range from a single target to being able to duplicate up to 24 drives at a time. Aleratec's industrial, High-Speed family (part numbers 350125, 350126, 350127 and 350128) can duplicate at up to a blazing 120MB/s!

Step 3 – What features do you need?

Are you just looking to create clones or do you also want the capability to sanitize drives? Sanitization refers to the removal of all data from a drive so that it cannot be recovered. This is a crucial function for many corporations and organizations that deal with sensitive or confidential information. In fact, many industries and government organizations are required to properly sanitize their storage media in order to comply with regulatory requirements. Many of Aleratec's hard drive duplicators have multiple algorithms for sanitizing hard drives*. In fact, a leading provider of data recovery services has independently verified that the data on hard drives wiped by the 7-pass overwrite sanitization feature Aleratec's industrial High-Speed family of products (part numbers 350125, 350126, 350127 and 350128) have been "permanently destroyed" and meet the criteria of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 800-88.

HDD Duplicators Certified SanitizationMost of Aleratec's higher-end models also have advanced features such as "Fast Copy", which only copies relevant data rather than the entire hard drive, Compare and HPA Copy. Features like these are vital for power-users that need management tools beyond a simple sector-by-sector full duplication. Please explore our website for more details on features included with specific models that meet your other criteria.

* Aleratec duplicators are designed for sanitization of traditional hard disk drives. Drive-specific factors for flash memory based storage influence the effectiveness of traditional sanitization techniques. Please understand these factors fully before attempting to use any hard drive duplicator to sanitize flash memory based storage.

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By Perry Solomon
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