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Stand-alone Disc Duplicator Buyer's Guide

DVD/CD Discs

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

    Choose The Disc Duplicator That Meets Your Needs

    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 Standalone
  • Aleratec 1:7 DVD CD Copy Tower Duplicator Copier Burner Black | Part # 260182
  • Aleratec 1:5 DVD/CD Copy Tower Stand-Alone Duplicator | Part # 260181
  • Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD Copy Tower Duplicator | Part # 260180
  • Aleratec 1:3 DVD CD Flash Copy Tower Duplicator Copier | Part # 310109
  • Aleratec 1:1 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro SA | Part # 260185

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







    By Perry Solomon

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