I could use some help figuring out how to select a new CD/DVD duplicator
to burn reference or access copies of audio, video and text files
(legitimately, from digital content we have created). I thought this
would be simple---go out and order a new duplicator (and maybe that's
all there is to it---if so, feel free to say so) but I'm seeing there's
a lot I don't know.
So, here's what I think we want:
-the ability to duplicate CD and DVD reference and access copies (of
audio, video, text--i.e., bits). Duplicate one at-a-time rather than
multiples---a fairly simple duplicator I'm guessing;
-reliably accurate bit-for-bit duplication. Are there differences in
duplicators' abilities to do this? Over time?
-the ability to handle most disc formats---i.e., be as universal as
possible to handle source DVDs, CDs, CDR, CDRW. Does this request make
sense and, if yes, is it a reasonable request---any compromises involved
-We mainly use PCs but would like MAC platform compatibility also. Is
this possible or are we talking compromises and possibly should plan for
MAC or PC dedicated burners?
-Is there anything in particular to recommend purchasing a standalone
vs. computer-linked duplicator? Are there standalone burners that can
also link-up with a computer?
-Do all duplicators write to disc the same way? If not, are there
differences that make a difference? Is bit rot a factor with DVDs or
CDs? If yes, is there a useful and affordable way to measure the rate
of bit rot or is this foolishness?
-Should we be writing to one format---i.e., DVDs?---regardless of the
source format? (Revealing my lack of background but I need to learn so
better to ask.)
-What about lightscribe? This could be useful but could affect disc
longevity. What does this do to the disc? Is it considered harmless or
not or don't we know?
-Are there better duplicators or manufacturers? best DVD drives for
duplicators? Not sure how to ask this.
-Anything additional I should be asking?
I'll appreciate whatever information, advice or recommendations are
Head, Preservation Department
University of Kansas Libraries