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We've been using PlexTools Professional XL V3.08 software in an HP stand
alone computer buring to a Plextor CD only drive -with reasonable success.
The software also includes diagnostic functions for checking CDs.

Andy Lanset
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On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM, Grant, Tyra <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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.
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> So, here's what I think we want:
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> -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;
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> -reliably accurate bit-for-bit duplication.  Are there differences in
> duplicators' abilities to do this?  Over time?
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> -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
> here?
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> -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?
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> Questions:
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> -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?
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> -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?
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> -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.)
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> -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?
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> -Are there better duplicators or manufacturers? best DVD drives for
> duplicators?  Not sure how to ask this.
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> -Anything additional I should be asking?
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> I'll appreciate whatever information, advice or recommendations are
> offered.
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> Tyra Grant
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> Head, Preservation Department
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> University of Kansas Libraries
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> Phone: 785-864-8951
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