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The iXflash allows user to make the drive “Read Only” to prevent losing any data

iXflash read only

Imagine this scenario, you load pictures, videos, or work documents onto a flash drive that you hand to a friend, co-worker, etc. in order to copy those files. Then picture this, that person accidentally deletes those files or even worse reformats the flash drive, losing all the content stored on the drive. Maybe you have a back-up somewhere else, so you’re not too worried. Chances are, you don’t have another back-up and you just lost all the data you had stored on that drive, all because the person you loaned it to in order to make a simple copy, could have pressed the wrong buttons.

There’s a very simple solution and the iXflash is the only USB3.0 flash drive with a Lightning connection, (allowing it to connect to an iPhone or iPad), that offers it. The iXflash, when connected to the App through an iPhone or iPad can be converted in less than a second to a READ ONLY drive. What that means is that the entire drive can be protected in a manner where others can review and copy the files, but they cannot delete, alter, or affect the files in any manner. So your content is always safe and you never have to be concerned in sharing again.

Know that all your content is safe, it makes the iXflash the perfect device when you want to share pictures or videos with friends, give important business documents to coworkers or clients, or share any kids of digital content with anyone else. You can rest assured that all the content on the device will remain intact, safe and sound.

For more details about the iXflash or any of Vinpower’s product lines, contact www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a sales associate in your area.

The optical disc tray mechanism is a critical factor to the longevity of all Optical Disc Drives

drive tray II

When most people think about the most critical part(s) of an Optical Disc Drive (ODD), they typically think of the laser diode that reads the discs. Of course, that is a critical element and without it the drive cannot function. However, there is another critical element that is often overlooked and not given much consideration, the disc tray mechanism. That includes not just the tray itself, but also the gears, pulleys, and sliding mechanisms that allow it to extend and recoil smoothly and consistently.

Often, because it’s not seen as critical as other components, because production drives are designed for single drive PC use, many manufactures don’t put much thought behind how to enhance it. The problem is that while a typical computer owner with an internal disc recorder drive may open and close the drive infrequently, a duplication equipment user will depend on those drives opening and closing potentially hundreds or even thousands of times a day.

That’s why Vinpower’s line of duplication focused ODD’s ensure the drive tray is suitable for the real-world duplication environment. Vinpower’s PLUS and ROBOT PLUS drives are enhanced to allow thousands of in and out operation without failure. We physically modify each drive to handle the rigors of the duplication environment, especially for robotic autoloader duplicators.

Autoloaders require extended trays with more give and flexibility while continuously offering consistent tray extension. Since Vinpower produces its own line of autoloaders, we are uniquely qualified to understand the complications and the abuse these drive trays endure day in and day out, so we are most qualified to design a drive tray mechanism to function under these specific conditions.

If you are a duplicator or manufacture duplication equipment, be it manual towers or robotic autoloaders, contact Vinpower through our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or through a member of our sales and support staff to get more details about which of our many ODD’s would be the right fit for you.

Vinpower’s USB duplicators work perfectly with USB3.0 drives, providing exceptionally quick copy speeds

USB3.0 duplicator speeds

A common myth is that you need to use a USB3.0 duplicator in order to achieve the high-speed duplication writing capability offered by USB3.0 flash drives. In reality, the actual write speed of a USB3.0 drive is much lower than the theoretical write speed listed by the drive manufacturers. Because of this, Vinpower Digital USBShark or USBDupe Box Duplicator, can still copy USB3.0 drives at their real world true write speeds. That means Vinpower’s USB duplicators will copy existing USB3.0 drives up to their real-world maximum write speeds, so there’s no need to pay 3 times the cost for a USB duplicator with USB3.0 socket connections. This may seem farfetched, but I’ll explain why this is true.

The key lies in the actual read/write speed of the USB drives themselves. The below chart shows the typical read/write speeds when reading or writing sequentially on the drive:

USB 2.0:
• Sequential write speed range = 3~10 MB/s
• Sequential read speed range = 10~25 MB/s

USB 3.0:
• Sequential write speed range = 10~45 MB/s
• Sequential read speed range = 60~150 MB/s

To begin with, none of these numbers reflect the true read/write speed found in real world use, largely because the drives themselves do not read/write in a sequential order. In reality, USB2.0 and USB3.0 drives read/write onto random memory within the drive. This is done in order to not overburden memory cells by constantly reading and writing to the same cells over and over again. To spread out the usage of the memory cells, the controller on a flash drive will select random cells to store segments of data across all the memory available. Since most people typically store multiple small files rather than a few large ones, writing lots of small files takes notably longer than writing a few large ones. Placing data in random memory cells and needing to write multiple small files greatly slows down the USB3.0 write speed to a more reasonable 10 ~ 20MB/s.

Even though Vinpower’s USB duplicators use USB2.0 connections, the max rating for USB 2.0 is up to 480Mbps (60MB/s), which the USBShark and USBDupe Box duplicators both support Read/Write speeds of:

• Maximum Read Speed33 MB/Sec?2GB/Min
• Maximum Write Speed31 MB/Sec?2GB/Min

So, based on the math of the max read/write ratings for Vinpower’s USB duplicators and the real world max speed of a USB3.0 drive, (10 ~ 20 MB/s), it clearly shows that Vinpower’s USB duplicators can adequately handle USB3.0 read/write speeds without any slowdowns or drop off in time or performance. So when you’re looking for a USB duplicator and think you need to purchase a USB3.0 duplicator because you plan to copy USB3.0 drives, save your money and the headache by using a Vinpower USBShark or USBDupe Box duplicator instead.

For more details about these products or any of Vinpower’s full product line, visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative in your area.

Using Vinpower optical disc drives (ODD) and optical disc media will prevent the dreaded “Donut” rings on your duplicated media.

No donut rings

You may have a different term for it, but when you copy a disc and you see intermittent light and dark rings on the burning side of the discs, (“Donut Rings”), that is a clear indication that you are having compatibility issues between your drive and your media. High quality duplication should leave the recordable side of a disc smooth and seamless for the most part. So when you can clearly see light and dark rings, what we refer to as Donut Rings, then that means the drive’s laser would burn harder/more intense and lighter/less intense due to constant stopping and starting, due to problems between the writers and the media. You could lower the burn speed to try and compensate for these issues, but that may not fully resolve the Donut Rings and will greatly increase your duplication time.

The Donut Ring is often attributable to the low compatibility between the media and the burner. Since the media and drive manufacturers do not work together to fine tune each item to prevent these issues, there’s not much you can do when you encounter these problems. That’s where Vinpower Digital can help. As the only duplication hardware supplier that provides our own proprietary Optical Disc Drives (ODD) and Optical Disc media (CD, DVD, & Blu-ray), we fine tune both the media and our drives to have the best compatibility to prevent the dreaded Donut Rings and provide the best quality burns.

So, if you want to prevent Donut Rings and not waste time burning at a snail’s pace, you should use Vinpower’s drives and media together to ensure the best duplication results!

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower’s H2+ testing on our USB flash drives guarantees them to be free of potential malware and viruses!

USB no malware

Cyber security is one of the biggest concerns for all forms of business (big and small), education, government, etc. We constantly hear about new threats of malware and computer viruses to be on the lookout from. Typically, these breeches come from an unsuspecting person opening a contaminated email that releases the malware or virus onto the networks and wreaks havoc by either disrupting access or stealing content.

Another method of contamination is through USB flash drives. There are times when a USB flash drive could become infected when infected files are transferred onto or from the drive. Or, the USB drive could have a hidden malware loaded onto the drive during production, waiting to spring on unsuspecting users who didn’t think a brand new USB flash drive could contain vicious malware before even being used.

That’s why Vinpower offers two solutions to protect against contracting these disruptive and potentially costly intrusions:

1. When purchasing blank USB flash drives through Vinpower, our specialized H2+ testing eliminates any possibility of hidden malware or viruses, ensuring the drive is 100% clean when you first receive it. At least that way you know the blank USB drive you receive is safe from the start.

2. Using Vinpower supplied USB flash media along with Vinpower’s standalone USB duplicators, the user can add write protection to a drive after the content is stored on it. The write protection not only prevents the content from being altered or deleted from the flash drive, but it also prevents anyone from adding any potential malware or viruses accidentally or on purpose.

So if you want to make sure that you are receiving USB flash drives that are contamination FREE, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative today.

Vinpower’s Cronus offers easy solution to back up surveillance video content before it’s permanently deleted

Cronus surveillance

With surveillance camera becoming smaller, cheaper, and higher resolution, they are becoming a staple in businesses both large and small. Price is no longer a barrier to entry for owning and installing surveillance cameras that blanket all vulnerable areas of a business. Be it a high security government installation or a small mom and pop corner store, they can both feel secure with knowing there are cameras recording what happens. The key then becomes how long can those cameras record content before they run out of space and begin recording over itself, potentially losing valuable footage forever.

With Vinpower’s Cronus publishing systems, you never have to lose a second of content. The Cronus can be set up to automatically back-up all your video surveillance onto optical discs through a network server. There are multiple configurations on how you can set up the back-up procedures, which you can then also label each disc with a time stamp or the dates of footage automatically with minimal interaction by the operator. The Cronus can run 24/7 and catalog all the footage for as long as the user wants to keep it.

Plus, because optical discs are the safest method of archival storage, you never have to worry about the content being accidentally deleted or altered in anyway. You will be able to maintain all the content you want for as long as you need. The bonus being that optical discs are also the cheapest method of storage, typically just pocket change, with disc capacities ranging from 700MB to over 100GB.

If you want the security to maintain your video surveillance and prevent losing critical content from cannibalizing itself, the Cronus is your best option.

For more details about the Cronus or any of Vinpower’s wide range of products, visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a representative near you.

Vinpower’s line of USB flash provides the best performance and results at very aggressive pricing

USB procedure

USB flash media are gaining in popularity and usage amongst all those looking for faster and more reliable methods to save and share digital content. The problem is that as demand increases, the stability and reliability of the supply decreases. This imbalance is creating opportunity for those to take advantage by passing off defective, mislabeled, and low-grade USB to a marketplace looking for cheaper solutions. That’s why the Piodata line of USB flash offers the security and quality you should expect at a price that is in line with today’s standard pricing.

There have been many cases where low cost USB drives did not actually contain the memory size indicated on the drive or that there are numerous bad sectors that could cause you to lose parts or all of the data stored on the device. It’s just not worth the risk to save a few cents on a USB drive. Piodata can provide that sense of security and confidence that the product you buy would have been fully tested through our intensive H2+ testing facility and that all products will 100% match your specifications without failures or devastating loses. To remove the risk of not getting what you ordered or discovering later that the drives are actually defective and deceptive. As a USB flash and SSD duplicator manufacturer, Vinpower has developed tools to help weed out the bad USB flash and SSD drives from the good ones to ensure 100% reliability and sustainability.

A recent survey showed that approx. half of consumers still preferred to use physical media like DVD’s to buy or rent movies

DVD preferred

There’s no question that the ability to watch movie through streaming has had a significant impact on the sales of physical media, like DVD’s. However, the belief that DVD or Blu-ray discs have all but gone the way of the Dodo due to video streaming services has proven to be a bit premature. In fact, recent studies have proven that approximately, 49% of all consumers exclusively purchase or rent movies on physical media, such as DVD’s. Another 33% of consumers, will purchase or rent movies on both digital and physical media. That means the amount of consumers that only watch content through digital media exclusively, is less than 18%. This number is certainly significant but we’re still a long way off before we can decry the death of physical media, which actually I don’t think will ever occur.

The key is that consumers are still excited about and hold a very sizeable market for physical media. So, if you’re in the business of producing physical media, you should take solace that there will still be a sizeable market that needs to be serviced. Ultimately, I can see consumers regularly obtaining both physical and digital media, thereby creating a stable balance between the two.

So if you service the optical disc market and you’re on the fence whether you should upgrade or replace older optical disc duplicators or scrap the whole project, I’m hear to say that your investment in the latest hardware with updated features would still be a wise investment with substantial returns well into the future.

For more details about Vinpower’s line of standalone and automated duplication and publishing systems, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with a Vinpower representative today.

It’s cheaper and more efficient to store cold data on Optical Discs rather than in “The Cloud”

cronus cold data

Not only is an optical disc safer for archival storage, but it’s also cheaper to maintain as well. Often people don’t think about the costs associated with storing content in “The Cloud”, but over time it really adds up. Outside of the initial cost for the disc itself, there are no residual costs associated with storing content on optical discs. It cost nothing to store an optical disc in a drawer for safe keeping, and when you need it, it can be loaded into a disc reader and view the content instantly. If you stored that content on “The Coud”, which is essentially just a server farm that a 3rd party controls, or even on your own servers, then there is a continuous cost that accumulates day after day, month after month, and year after year.

Servers require a lot of electricity to operate and maintain the server, not to mention the tremendous costs for the air conditioning that maintains the server’s temperature and protects against overheating. It may appear as though The Cloud is free, once you go over the small allotment of “free” space, then many opt to pay a monthly or annual fee for greater storage capacity. It may seem fairly inexpensive in the short term, but rarely does anyone delete old content to make room for new content, so those fees just continue to accumulate and escalate. Once you calculate those fees over the long term, then you’ll see how these small fees can really add up and the more content you store the more the cost of maintaining it increases.

Vinpower can help provide the hardware and media needed to easily copy the cold data onto archival quality optical discs. Thus, ensuring that the cold data would be safely stored and protected so that the content can be reviewed or extracted easily for many many years to come.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower continues to make improvements and update the App for the iXflash Apple iPhone and iPad Lightning flash drive

iXflash app

If you’ve already purchased the iXflash Lightning flash drive for your iPhone and/or iPad, we trust you have been very happy with the functionality and ease of use. However, Vinpower is never satisfied with the status quo and we are constantly challenging ourselves to make improvements and find ways to enhance the functionality of the iXflash APP. It is for that reason that we encourage our users to check for our updates on the Apple App store every 2 weeks or so to see if there is an update and to benefit from any improvements added at that time.

The iXflash APP is what makes the iXflash the best option on the market when you’re looking for an Apple iPhone/iPad Lightning flash device. Not only is it very user friendly and intuitive, but it allows numerous other features besides just backing up photos from your phone. To get a better understanding about the abundance of features offered for the iXflash through it’s APP, view our website at https://www.piodata.com/ixflash.html, or speak with a Vinpower representative today.