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Samuknow 23rd March, 2005 02:13 AM

Multiple CDRW duplicating computer
I was asked if I could set up a computer with several CDRW drives to be used as a duplicator. Basically the computer will be used to record live audio, edit said audio and then burn to mutiple CD's simultainously. I know hardware wise I can do it but will a special program be needed to burn the data to multiple drives? I figured just using the built in burn capabilities in XP to copy past to all the drives. I'm not sure if this will work or not. Anyone tried this before????

GrahamGarside 23rd March, 2005 02:23 AM

How many drives? so long as you use sata for the hard drive you should be able to install 4 drives just using the ide channels on the motherboard, some boards also offer another ide raid channel but I don't know for sure if these support atapi.
The XP way is very inefficient, most software has the option to use multiple burners, I use nero and that does.

Samuknow 23rd March, 2005 02:55 AM

I was planning on a board with ide raid. I will have to check on the atapi. I thought my old A7V133 raid board would run a cd drive on the raid channels but I can't remember. I will check into nero. Thanks

Aedan 23rd March, 2005 10:22 AM

I know that DiscJuggler supports multiple drives, as well as providing network writing support.

Con 23rd March, 2005 12:37 PM

If you need to add more drives you can just get an ATA PCI card surely?

Samuknow 23rd March, 2005 01:03 PM


Originally Posted by Con
If you need to add more drives you can just get an ATA PCI card surely?

True, I didn't even think of that. I think I actually have a ATA 133 controller that I bought but did not use.....

I will look at DiscJuggler.

I know there are stand alone duplicators, but they are quite spendy and will not capture the audio or allow editing.

Con 23rd March, 2005 01:04 PM

Do you remember me by the way? :P you used to write a review or two for me on Pc-Critic!

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