Burning question...using multiple DVD burners

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I've got a situation that requires backing up about 50 GB of data onto multiple DVDs.  Currently, it's done 1 DVD at a time, but is there a program that will allow for multiple DVDs to be written that all different data - or even different formats.  Some DVDs require UDF format because the files can range up to 4GB per file.  Some of the discs have 50,000+ files that are just a few bytes long.  It's also important that each disc be separely readable in any system - it's not secure data being backed up.  Just lots of records.
I'm open to whatever's required for hardware, but I have a system with 12 SATA ports atm.
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Rob HutchinsonTech Lead, Desktop Support

Off topic sort of, but you could just use a 64 GB thumb flash drive, and backup the whole thing that way. Although this depends if you need a long term storage backup or are in need of having this backup be a permanent type of archive backup.

Have you thought about blu-ray? 50GB per dual layer disk.
10 - 12 DVDs seems very cumbersome.

 I 2nd the USB drive idea too. 64GB usb drives are under $120  32GB drives are $50
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Flash drives are nice, but a USB external hard drive (2.5" laptop size) will hold more data and be cheaper if you want that kind of access.

IF you insist on using DVDs, Nero (6 which I use on my XP desktop and is an old version you probably can't get anymore) can burn multiple different DVDs at the same time (I did it - for me it was painfully slow, but that's probably because I used the same hard drive for the source data on both AND the DVD drives were on a shared IDE channel, not individual SATA ports.
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All  valid, however the data has to be "certified" and can not even be written to RW discs - can't bel able to edit it in any way once written.  The data gets reviewed by different people and is done often, sometimes daily.  One office gets 1 or 2 GB to review, other offices get anywhere from 1GB to any variant up to the entire 50GB.

Occasionally, the data is actually updated twice a day, so the daily cost will be an issue, but the setup isn't a big issue, other than size.

The only solution I've found was having a dozen systems each burning their own disc, but that's beyond the size available without going to blades or possibly 12 notebooks to each burn 1 disc.

I've been using Nero for years, so I'm sure I've got 6 somewhere.  I'll try to locate it and give that a shot.
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Just to reiterate/clarify... when I did it, I expected each burn to NORMALLY take about 10-12 minutes.  BOTH, running at the same time, took about an hour... VERY SLOW.  But they DID burn at the same time to two different drives (started two instances of Nero).  Again, using different spindles/controllers MIGHT ease the pain...
OK, here's a solution you might not have considered.

Both HP DAT160 and any LTO-3 or LTO-4 tape drive support WORM -- write and append, but can not change data once written.  Performance will likely be better than DVD (particularly for LTO, probably for DAT160).   The media would allow you to easily archive today's tapes, or, to use the tapes later to append to them, without changing the data previously written.

DAT cartridges in particular are pretty inexpensive per GB, and they'll beat DVDs when it comes to durability.

The challenge is in implementing a strategy to let people easily access the data on the tape, because tapes don't appear as part of the file system... but if these are technical users, that can be done easily enough.
Another idea
BoxWriter Auto CD/DVD 2 Burner
as for UDF can't say
Is this data certified internally for internal use?  If so, strip it down to read only rights and pass it out.  Only your administrator team will have access to the data... and if you use a stand alone (non-network/domain) machine to distribute the restricted rights data, the president of the company (or other trusted bigwig) could in theory be the only one with the admin password to certify the process.  If it isn't a concern to the company that the sysadmins have access to the data, you can do all of this over the network and save yourself a second thought of how much time and money will be wasted.

If you absolutely must put it on DVD-R, then Nero is what you are looking for on a small scale, as it will take forever to burn 11-12 DVDs.  Purchase a professional DVD backup solution if your company can afford it and can justify the need for absolute assurance that no one is changing the data once it leaves the hands of the IT guy (you'd still be the one that could change it prior to the burn...).

Great company to check out.  Lots of good info here:

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