Getting the Most Value from Your Hard Disk Drive Duplicator

hard disk drive duplicator

The Aleratec 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser

If you are an IT manager or hardware enthusiast, you can think of many ways a hard disk drive duplicator could make your life easier.  The ability to quickly duplicate hard drives can be valuable when you want to backup or restore a system, provision a new system or upgrade a hard drive.

Hard drive duplicators vary greatly in capacity and in price.

Hard Disk Drive Duplicator

The Aleratec 1:5 HDD Copy Cruiser

Industrial-grade duplicators are usually designed for rigorous government or business applications, for example, the Aleratec 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser, or the 1:5 HDD Copy Cruiser.

These sturdy, standalone duplicators can be an excellent value for heavy users.  Aleratec’s tower duplicators include Non-Scratch SATA Connectors to protect your hard drives.  These connectors are rated for more than 50,000 swap cycles.

Aleratec’s tower hard disk duplicators also include sanitization features which are valuable tools in professional applications. These duplicators can wipe data from hard drives as well as copying data to hard drives.  The 1:5 HDD Copy Cruiser and 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser both feature Secure Erase, a standard approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and a Seven-Pass Wipe overwrite recommended by the Department of Defense.

While these features are vital in certain professional applications, they do add to the price of the duplicator.  By selecting a light-use duplicator with fewer features, the casual or home user can save money and still get a duplicator that meets all their needs.

Aleratec offers high-quality, portable hard drive duplicators that can create from one to three perfect clones or backup drives at a time.  They are simple to operate and in a price range that makes sense for the home user.

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The Aleratec 1:1 HDD Copy Cruiser Mini USB3.0

As an added value, some smaller hard drive duplicators, like the Aleratec 1:1 HDD Copy Cruiser Mini USB3.0 and the 1:3 HDD Copy Dock Duplicator also function as hard drive docks.  Docks can give users instant access to the contents of the connected hard disk drives via a connected PC.  With a dock, users can add additional storage to an existing computer or just manage their HDDs more conveniently.

Hard Disk Duplicator

The Aleratec 1:3 HDD Copy Dock Duplicator

These duplicators may be appropriate for some professional applications where portability is desired.  (The 1:1 HDD Copy Cruiser Mini USB3.0 weighs in at less than a pound.) Some IT professionals will find a portable duplicator especially useful when they are working on systems or system components at remote locations.

Regardless of capacity, make sure the HDD Duplicator you select is compatible with the disks you will be duplicating.  There is no correlation between duplication capacity and range of compatibility.  Small and large duplicators can be compatible with several types of storage memory when they can be used with adapters .

To get the most value from your hard disk drive duplicator, make sure you carefully consider the quantity, frequency and nature of your disk duplication projects.

This will help you determine whether you should invest in increased capacity or other features designed for business and government users.

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