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USB duplicator burns 60 thumbdrives at once Answered

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This box can do its job quickly, finishing up a rack of 1GB drives in 2 minutes. It can even discretely encrypt each one with its own unique key. It costs $8,000, and they're developing a system to link up hundreds of these units, so that one may copy data to arbitrarily-large numbers of USB drives at once. Would love to make this myself. Anyone want to collaborate?

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-04-30

Isn't it just a bunch of usb hubs linked to eachother You could just right a batch file to make it automatic, right? If you were to hook up some power tranisistors to the output of a usb port couldn't you write to a ton of usb sticks with the exact same thing

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tech-king (author)guyfrom7up2008-04-30

no. you need software to copy the data on the master drive to all the other drives.

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guyfrom7up (author)tech-king2008-04-30

oh, I thought it was all hooked up to a computer, not a master usb stick

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vince086 (author)2008-04-30

imagine if a fault occurs and it messes up the usb keys! 60 thumbdrives down the drain at one ! that would be one bad day

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killerjackalope (author)2008-04-30

Nice idea for whatever really wierd reason people use it for, umm powered hubs, all modified to send a copy of the data along with them, the computer would think you've just brunt on drive... It could be done by some confusing circuit aswell, no doubt about that...

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I would assume that it would be right up the alley for smaller time bands or whatnot to burn a number of free songs to give out at concerts, or for companies at a demo to give out demo software or something.

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Yeah alot of universities give out packs including flash drives and MP3 players with course stuff on them.

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Being able to do 60 at a time would really cut down on costs and the duplicator would pay for itself.

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Yeah, though a homemade one could be built, I'm sure it's possible to make one of these based on the realatively simple tech of a CD duplicator...

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westfw (author)2008-04-29

Seems a bit pointless; way past the point where it takes longer to load/unload than to program the set. You can probably get close to the same per-hour rate with a normal PC and a couple of USB hubs. And $8000 would buy an awful lot of minimum wage high-school-student labor swapping drives... What you really want (if you need massive numbers of duplicates) is some form of machine-feedable drive/socket. (and you'd better check the USB socket spec for allowed number of insertion/removal cycles...)

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killerjackalope (author)westfw2008-04-30

A simple solution of a cap like device the drives all slot in to, you just lump the next cap on, however somehwere down the line that needs loaded, immigrant worker anyone?

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