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Stand-alone Disc Duplicator Buyer's Guide

Blu-ray/DVD/CD Discs

There are many reasons to use a disc duplicator. Duplicators are designed specifically to create highquality, error-free copies of Blu-ray, DVD or CD discs.

A disc duplicator is an efficient way to make multiple copies of a "source disc" or original, and using one minimizes wear and tear on your computer, so even if you only copy one disc at a time, a disc duplicator is a good choice.

Whether disc duplication serves a business or personal need, there is a disc duplicator that meets your budget. Disc duplicators come in many varieties, including:

  • Stand-alone
  • Computer Connected
  • Robotic

  • In this buyer's guide we will be looking at Stand-alone Disc Duplicators.

    How Stand-alone Disc Duplicators Work

    I. Disc Duplicator Controller

    A Stand-alone Duplicator does not have to be controlled from a separate computer. It has a built-in controller and operating keys or buttons on the duplicator itself.

    The controller sends signals and commands to the duplicator's burners and drivers. Its memory capacity and operating system determine the options available to the user and the quality of disc duplication.

    Here are some examples of functions that the controller might offer:

  • Copy
  • Test - a simulation process to ensure error free duplication
  • Compare - ensures that all of your copies have exactly same information as your Source
  • Read Error Skip - Allow the duplicator to skip any read error it has encountered without fixing
  • Counter - Notifies you how many discs have been copied and how many discs are left to complete your project
  • Prescan - Ensures the Master Disc can be read without errors by the duplicator. Issues that may be identified include: scratches, dirt, copy protection, format of the disc
  • Device Info - Menu showing the information for devices built inside your duplicator, including but limited to manufacture, model number, etc.

  • II. Stand-alone Disc Duplicator Source And Targets

    When using a Stand-alone Duplicators, you start with a source, typically a disc (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The data from your source is going to be duplicated to your targets. You load the source disc into a source drive, an optical drive that reads the data on the disc.

    Your duplicator has from one to many "target drives" which you load with "target discs." These are the blank discs that will be written with the data from the source, making them duplicates of the source.

    Standalone Duplicators with Hard Disk Drives

    Some stand-alone duplicators offer the added convenience of a hard disk drive. For example, the Aleratec Blu-ray DVD CD Tower Duplicator SA family features a built-in 2TB hard drive. This drive can serve as the duplicator's source drive in addition to its existing optical disc source drive. This hard disk drive feature offers many advantages:

    In some stand-alone duplicators, when using the hard drive as your source, the drive where you would normally place your source disc can be used as a target drive, allowing you to create an additional disc copy.

  • Duplication from a hard disk drive can be fasterand more reliable than from a source disc.

  • Oftentimes, source files can be conveniently copied directly to this hard drive by connecting the duplicator to a PC through a USB connection. This is the case with all Aleratec standalone duplicators that include a hard disk drive.

  • Storing source files on a single, high-capacity hard disk drive that is part of your disc duplicator is more convenient than storing various source discs separately or having to load data to a source disc before you are able to copy it. Some of these hard disk drives can be locked in place for added security. Some are removable so they can be stored in a secure location.

  • Choose The Disc Duplicator That Meets Your Needs

    What types of discs will you duplicate?

    If you typically copy CDs or DVDs and do not copy Blu-ray discs, then you can choose from a wide range of DVD/CD Duplicators. These duplicators are generally less expensive than comparable duplicators that also have the capacity to copy Blu-ray discs, but you are limited to making DVD and CD copies only.

    If you currently duplicate Blu-ray discs or think you will in the future, you will want to invest in a duplicator that also has the capacity to duplicate Blu-ray discs: a Blu-ray/DVD/CD duplicator.

    How many discs do you typically duplicate at a time?

    The way you answer this question will help you determine how many target drives you need on your duplicator. Aleratec offers disc duplicators with from one to 15 target drives.

    If you only duplicate one disc at a time, you can use an economical 1:1 (one source to one target drive) duplicator.

    The more discs you copy at one time, the more target drives you will want to have on your duplicator. However, it is not necessary to have the number of drives match the number of copies you are going to make. If you need to make more copies than you have available target drives, you can reload and repeat the duplication process as many times as necessary.

    Available options for faster disc duplication

    For large duplication jobs, the number of target drives on your duplicator—which determines the number of discs you can duplicate at one time—will be the primary factor determining how quickly you can complete your project. But it is not the only factor.

    There are a number of components that can impact duplication speed. Faster components are generally more expensive so weigh your need for speed against your total budget. Here are the components to look at:

  • Number of target drives, which determines the number of discs that can be duplicated simultaneously.
  • Drive speed of the duplicator
  • Type of discs you are duplicating. Generally speaking, CDs can be duplicated more rapidly than DVDs.
  • Write speed of the discs that will become your duplicates.
  • Quality of discs you are using. Using lower-quality discs can mean more duplication errors which will make it necessary to duplicate additional discs.

  • Final Considerations

    As with any high technology product, it's important to consider the reputation and qualifications of the manufacturer when choosing your stand-alone disc duplicator.

    It's best to choose a brand that has a history of quality and credibility.

    You want to be sure that the company offers adequate support and warranties on its products.

    If you carefully consider your needs and available features, it will be a breeze to select the Stand-alone Disc Duplicator that's right for you.

    You're on your way to creating high-quality discs for all your duplication needs.

    Aleratec Solutions

    Aleratec offers a variety of Disc Duplicators including:

    DVD CD Blu-ray Standalone
  • 1:15 Blu-ray DVD CD Tower Duplicator SA - Part 260206
  • 1:8 Blu-ray DVD CD Tower Duplicator SA - Part 260205
  • 1:4 Blu-ray DVD CD Tower Duplicator SA - Part 260204
  • 1:7 DVD CD Copy Tower Pro HS Stand Alone DVD CD Duplicator - Part 260153
  • 1:1 DVD CD Copy Cruiser Pro SA - Stand Alone DVD CD Duplicator - Part 260185
  • DVD CD Flash Copy Tower USB Flash Drive/Memory Card Copier and 1:3 DVD CD Duplicator - Part 310108

  • Check the chart below to find the Aleratec Product that meets your needs.

    By Perry Solomon

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