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I suppose this would be the correct section, so here it goes:
I have 4 DVD drives for video production that I do. It is on a small scale. I chose to spend $100 worth of DVD drives instead of buying a $1000 copier.

I need the BEST software that will copy an .iso across multiple drives. I have worked with various freeware and paid software.

I like Alcohol 120% quite a bit. It has the options that I need. This only issue is that its $45 for 1 year (upgrades) or $95 for unlimited. (the trial expires tomorrow)

Is there any software that is better than this. If Im going to spend that much I want to get the best that I can.

Is there any freeware that serves the same purpose?

Thanks for the help. As always, it will be rewarded.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/2/08 at 12:12pm
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nero does aswell
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Alcohol has always treated me well. I'm not aware of any other home use programs that allow multiple disc creation at once. I haven't seen nero do it, and I haven't tried Roxio in a long time. Anything else that does what you want is probably going to be professional software, and will cost a lot more than $100. It might be worth it to just invest in Alcohol and be done with it.
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Try MagicISO. It even lets you edit ISOs directly and mount them (like daemontools). I think you can run multiple instances of it at once to write to multiple drives.
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nero does aswell
I wasnt aware of the feature. I have never used Nero. I will look into it.
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Alcohol has always treated me well. I'm not aware of any other home use programs that allow multiple disc creation at once. I haven't seen nero do it, and I haven't tried Roxio in a long time. Anything else that does what you want is probably going to be professional software, and will cost a lot more than $100. It might be worth it to just invest in Alcohol and be done with it.
Yeah, thats what I was thinking but I just want to get the best for the money if I am going to have to spend $100. So far I like Alcohol but its hard to sped $50 or $100 on software that will do such a simple task.
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Try MagicISO. It even lets you edit ISOs directly and mount them (like daemontools). I think you can run multiple instances of it at once to write to multiple drives.
When Im producing videos (mainly for functions like the band and such) where I make 200+ copies of a disk, it is not worth it to have to deal with multiple instances of a program. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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A little scripting and IMGBurn has worked for me. If you burn too fast (in parallel) the hard drive the iso is on may not be able to keep up. I generally burn at 8x even on 16x disks.

I have four scripts. Each one points to the same iso as a source. Each script's destination is a different dvd. Load blanks in each drives and double-click the icon for the script. Walk away for 8 minutes and your four disks are ready. I can post the script if you are interested. It's at home so it will be a few hours.

Afterthought.....

the script could be slightly modified to do 50 copies each. you could start the process then go change disks every 8 minutes without restarting the script each time. if you don't waste any time, you could burn your 200 disks in about 7 hours

If the whole dvd doesn't get filled, it will be less than 8 minutes each.
Edited by cgd - 6/3/08 at 12:34pm
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Im interested in the script, would be good

Burning repeatedly manually is a pain.
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A little scripting and IMGBurn has worked for me. If you burn too fast (in parallel) the hard drive the iso is on may not be able to keep up. I generally burn at 8x even on 16x disks.

I have four scripts. Each one points to the same iso as a source. Each script's destination is a different dvd. Load blanks in each drives and double-click the icon for the script. Walk away for 8 minutes and your four disks are ready. I can post the script if you are interested. It's at home so it will be a few hours.

Afterthought.....

the script could be slightly modified to do 50 copies each. you could start the process then go change disks every 8 minutes without restarting the script each time. if you don't waste any time, you could burn your 200 disks in about 7 hours

If the whole dvd doesn't get filled, it will be less than 8 minutes each.
sure. I will have to try it out. I can usually burn around 12.6X with 4 DVDs going. It was a great performance increase when I went to RAID.
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Nero 7 will do that no problems -
http://my.nero.com/index.php?__path=...ZR714oMHBpJkXh
Its nice and cheap but you will need the retail version.
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