Optical Discs are the ideal storage method for cold data

Optical Discs for cold storage

Whether it’s for your business or your personal needs, we are all storing more an more data on our hard drives. Often times, that stored content is rarely or virtually never looked at, but you don’t want to delete it because it might by important. We call that Cold Data because it’s content that you store but basically don’t use, like food you put in the freezer. You may want it later, but don’t need it right away.

We’ve all become hoarders of digital content because, unlike the food in your freezer, it’s not taking up physical space, so it doesn’t seem to be a burden. But, it is taking up precious digital space and if you don’t address it, eventually you will run out of memory to store new content. So what do you do when you need more memory and you don’t want to delete old content?

The rule of thumb is you just add more memory. You can do that one of 3 ways:

1) Upgrade your hard drive to a larger size or add another hard drive, which is costly and only delays the inevitable storage crunch again in the future

2) Upload your content to the cloud, which costs money and could potentially leave your content vulnerable to hackers

3) Offload the cold data onto optical discs that are inexpensive, compact, and easy to store and access

The best solution for your storage crunch are offloading cold data to optical discs. Optical discs have a long archival life, are easy to retrieve the content, and take up very little physical space, so they can easily be stored virtually anywhere. You may not listen to music on CD’s anymore or watch movies on DVD’s or Blu-ray either, but optical discs are still ideal for storage!

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Most portable electronic devices require SD or MicroSD cards to operate, Vinpower’s SD duplicators ensure all content is accurate!

SD required for devices

Secure Digital Cards, more formally known as SD and MicroSD Cards, have practically become the universal memory for all small portable electronic devices. SD or MicroSD cards are used in mobile phones, tablets, TV’s, cameras, game consoles, navigation, and so many other devices that require very small compact stable memory. The reason SD and MicroSD Cards are so popular is because they are made of extremely durable and solid material, which prevents most mechanical damage from occurring. They are based on non-volatile memory to ensure the stability of data and it doesn’t require periodic refreshing or prone to failure due to abrupt power outages. That’s why it’s perfect for portable devices or stored in devices that are prone to the elements and turbulent conditions, including many components that used in cars, planes, boats, etc.

We all recognize the value of SD and MicroSD Cards, but what’s the point of this email blast? The key is, unlike optical discs that can be replicated, there’s only 1 way to transfer information onto SD and MicroSD Cards, duplication through a computer or a standalone SD/MicroSD Card duplicator. Even though cameras and cell phones may require empty SD/MicroSD cards that the owners will fill up with photos, videos, music, movies or what not, many of the devices that use SD/MicroSD Cards have content prestored on them. The manufacturers of those products need a quick and easy way to transfer identical content across hundreds, thousands, even millions, of cards accurately and in the shortest time possible.

Vinpower offers a full range of SD duplicators, in sizes from 1 to 3 up to 1 to 127, in a single console that offer slots for both standard SD Cards and MicroSD Cards. Having a dedicated MicroSD slot means you don’t need an adaptor to fit in the standard SD slot, saving time and costs. Vinpower has worked with a variety of entities, from auto manufacturers, to licensed toy manufacturers providing SD duplicators so they can reproduce the SD and MicroSD Cards that make their devices operate. That is the one thing they all have in common, the items they are producing require hundreds of thousands of identically reproduced SD and/or MicroSD Cards that are to be inserted into every device they plan to sell.

If you are developing a program that needs to be copied onto multiple SD or MicroSD Cards, Vinpower’s line of SD Duplicators is the perfect device to make it happen.

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With Vinpower’s TrueAudio DVD CD Duplicator, be assured to get truly accurate CD audio duplication!

TrueAudio Duplicator

When the CD was introduced in the early 1980’s, it took the world by storm. The ability to hear their music in such pristine clarity and an entire album could be contained on 1 side, meant the listener didn’t have to stop the music to turn the record or cassette to side B. At that time, there was only replicated CD’s as the recordable CD-R wasn’t invented or probably thought of at that time. By the early 90’s, the 1st recordable CD-R’s were introduced and even though the early versions were very expensive and slow, it didn’t take long for the CD-R to take off either. As the prices dropped and accessibility of recordable drives and CD-R’s increased, CD duplication towers began popping up all over.

The problem with CD duplication towers were there were no ways to perform a proper compare after the content was duplicated because CD-R’s had no ECC and there was no way to perform an accurate parity check through the duplicators. That meant there was no way to make an exact 100% recreation of CD audio content. That was until now. Vinpower has created their exclusive line of TrueAudio duplication equipment that can perform the 1st ever true Copy and Compare feature for audio CD-R’s. This option will allow operators performing audio CD duplication the assurance that the copied discs will be an exact reproduction of the master content.

CD duplication, particularly audio CD, is still extremely strong in many territories, showing there’s still a need for a better and more reliable CD duplicator. Just because the overall market has decreased, it doesn’t mean the market has disappeared. In fact, the businesses that have stayed the course, are finding it’s worthwhile to continue investing in CD duplication hardware as they are picking up more clients that no longer find replication a viable option.

Of course these towers can copy DVD as well, but the true advantage is the CD audio Copy and Compare functionality. If you’re looking to improve your reliability and confidence with your CD audio duplication jobs, contact Vinpower to learn more about our TrueAudio Duplicators.

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If the floppy disk is still in demand, then optical discs surely have a long future ahead

Floppy still around

Recently I came across an article about a friend of Vinpower that still has a robust business selling floppy disks (see link to article below). Of course, the first thought that comes to mind is, who still uses floppy disks? Interesting enough, there are still many industries that built incredibly complex equipment 30, 40, even 50 years ago, that are still operational today. For instance, aviation equipment, military installations, nuclear armaments, medical installations, and more. These devices still require floppies to insert feature updates and other digital inputs from time to time. In most cases, like the nuclear arms, the fact they use such dated technology actually makes them safer because they are not susceptible to online hacking or remote entry.

With that in mind, there are certainly equipment built in the late 90’s and 2000’s that upgraded from floppy to optical disc (CD, DVD, Blu-ray) and will also have long lifespans requiring optical discs for upgrades and updates. Although, optical discs will certainly maintain an even greater influence well into the future due to its naturally embedded benefits, like being write once, large capacity, easy to store, archival grade, low maintenance, and much more. That means that optical discs cannot be altered, hold a tremendous amount of data, less sensitive than magnetic or tape storage, maintains data for a long time, and doesn’t require electricity or power when stored. That makes optical discs ideal for industries that need to be able to rely on a technology to last as long if not longer than the product(s) that rely on them.

Here’s the article about the demand for floppy disks:
https://www.reuters.com/technology/1990s-relic-floppy-disks-get-second-life-california-warehouse-2022-10-20/

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Content online can be lost, which is why keeping important content on physical media, like Optical Discs is critical

Online content lost forever

The not so old adage that anything posted online will remain there forever, is not as ironclad as it sounds. In fact, recently, our industry discovered just how untrue that statement could be. One of the biggest forums for CD,DVD and Blu-ray drives, which thrived for over 20 years, suddenly and unexpectantly disappeared. A few months ago, the “www.Club.myce.com” forum was no longer accessible and all tests, reports and much more from the last 20 years have simply been lost to the metaverse. You may be thinking, the loss of the Club myce forum doesn’t affect me as only a limited number of people were still actively participating in the forum. However, it’s more a symbol of a larger possibility. It shows us that any content online could be lost at a moment’s notice, just because the owner of the servers holding the content decides to remove it or there’s some type of catastrophe wiping out the data center(s) containing that content.

The point being, it’s never a good idea to rely solely on one type of backup solution, but especially not an online cloud that you have no control over. That’s why physical media, in particular, optical discs, are still one of the best solutions for storage of digital content. Only optical discs are write once, so the content on them can’t be deleted or altered in anyway. Plus, optical discs typically have an archival life of 50+ years and the content on them can be transferred nearly an unlimited number of times without any degradation or loss.

If you have critical data that you want to ensure you always have access to, your best bet is to keep at least 1 set of backups on optical discs. You can still maintain content in the cloud, but don’t think just because it’s on the web, that it will be there forever. One day, it could be gone and you will have no control. Instead, take control and keep your own copies.

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Vinpower’s line of RipBox and Cronus systems now offer complete audio CD ripping capabilities

Rip old CD's with Ripbox Cronus

If you’re like me, you have shelves or possibly boxes full of CD’s you’ve collected over time and now they just sit there collecting dust. It’s not because you don’t enjoy the music any longer, but it’s just not as convenient anymore. What if I told you there is an easy and automated way you can rip your entire CD’s collection onto your computer or a portable hard drive quickly and accurately? It’s true, using the low cost Vinpower RipBox or the high production Cronus systems, you can set the discs into the input bins, walk away and let the systems do the work. Come back and find all the discs you loaded ripped needing to babysit or monotonously loading each disc 1 at a time into your computer drive, if you even still have one.

In fact, all the content will retain all the crucial metadata, like the artist name, song title, album title, and so much more. On top of that, you can save the files onto any type of format you’d like, including the more common .mp3 or for true audio files, onto lossless audio files like flac or .wav, to retain that authentic uncompressed sound as it was meant to be heard.

Maybe you already ripped all your CD’s a long time ago into iTunes or similar software, where they were all ripped as the extremely compressed files, losing a lot of the original sound quality the artist and producers worked so hard to create. Now you can easily and cheaply rip all the discs again into a high quality lossless audio file, like flac or .wav. Now you can once again listen to the music in its original uncompressed state for a more dynamic listening experience.

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In the world of audio recordings, older technology, like CD’s, tapes, and vinyl, still have plenty of life left!

Music media generations

The younger generations are always told to respect their elders because they have wisdom and life experiences that they can pass on. Hopefully then, the youth can capitalize on that historical outlook and create new and improved opportunities for themselves and those to follow. The same is true in technology, where each predecessor passes on experiences to help improve the newer iteration. Yet, that doesn’t mean in with the new and out with the old. There is still nostalgia and critical use for the older technology and ensures a long and useful life to come.

For optical discs, it holds the benefits of both old and new technology.
Being a physical media, means that it’s not dependent on internet capability or the cloud for access. Yet, being a digital format, means that the content is not only in its highest quality, but also allows a greater range of content to be stored on it. So, while the older vinyl and cassette tapes have a nostalgic appeal, they are still limited in their offerings. Yet, optical discs can offer all the benefits of digital streaming, yet provides a safety net of protection should the streaming content be corrupted or disabled.

As in life as in technology, don’t disparage someone or something because it’s been around for a long time and there’s a newer version. Best to embrace that past as we continue to develop the future.

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Vinpower offers Authentic Epson Discproducer ink for better performance and color print quality

Offers-Epson-INK-hiquality

Vinpower has been a global authorized seller of the Epson Discproducer series for a number of years, but we find that a lot of customers prefer to use 3rd party ink rather than true authentic Epson ink. When you don’t use authentic ink from the printer manufacturer, you’re taking chances that could reduce the lifespan of the printer and limit the vibrant color brilliance of the print quality.

Vinpower offers true authentic Epson ink for the Discproducer series at prices that make it reasonable to switch back to authentic ink. Using genuine authentic Epson ink makes a tremendous difference in the overall performance of the printer and the vibrance of the color on the discs you print. So don’t short change yourself, contact Vinpower today and get the genuine authentic Epson ink for the best the Discproducer has to offer.

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Vinpower will showcase our newest and most exciting product launch in our 20+ year history at the 2023 CES

CES unveil

I love surprises but hate waiting for them. However, this surprise will be well worth the wait! This is a project we’ve been working on for quite a while now, but its finally coming to fruition and what better place to unveil it than the international stage of the 2023 CES. We’re giving you plenty of advance notice because CES registration is now open and we wanted everyone to have plenty of time to make arrangements to get registered, secure travel and accommodations and be amongst the 1st to see a potential revolution in the electronics industry. We look forward to seeing everyone January 5th – 8th, 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Don’t miss out…

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CES 2023 should return to its pre-pandemic level of participation and attendance, registration is now open to make sure you can be there too.

CES 2023 registration

In 2021, CES went entirely digital, which couldn’t match the feel of the in person experience. In 2022, CES tried a hybrid approach of online and in-person to a lukewarm revival of sorts. The exhibitor participation and guest attendance was sparce due to continued concerns over COVID and the Omicron variant. That left fewer exhibitors participating and a drop in attendees to see them. However, in 2023, it appears as though CES will return to its pre-COVID glory with a full list of exhibitors back in person so attendees can once again see and experience the latest in technology in person. This is sure to mean that show attendees will be returning in droves to be the first to see the hottest new technology coming to the market.

For that purpose, Vinpower will also return as an exhibitor and introduce a new product line that will continue our focus in digital storage, but highlight the new and inspiring directions we are moving into for the future. If you want to be part of the action at CES 2023, taking place January 5 – 8, 2023, then be sure register for your passes now. This is a great time to return to CES and see what Vinpower and the rest of the vendors have to offer. You won’t want to miss it, and everyone that visits Vinpower’s booth has an opportunity to win one of our latest and hottest new product lines that we’ve ever developed. This new product is not another duplicator or something that caters to a select niche of customers, but will be incredibly useful for everyone!

You can use the below link to register to attend CES 2023: https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowCES231/wizard/landing

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