Replacing Some Drives In Acard Duplicator

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Ron Spicer
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As with at least a couple herein, I have a six bay Acard, (One player, the rest burners) and I'm considering replacing the top player and two burners with BD drives. Got in touch with the rep at Acard, an Irene Chang who, either from misunderstanding or evasiveness, seems somewhat difficult to get a straightforward answer from regarding pricing and availability.

Anyone done this yet and if so, how'd you manage? Thanks for any replies.

Ron.

Gavin Gration
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Does the ACARD firmware (either installed version or available update) support BD-R drives?

Is is an IDE or SATA tower?

Early BD-R duplicators had IDE to SATA converters in them (one for each drive).

If the firmware supports BD-R/RE drives and it's a SATA unit it should be quite easy to do the swap outs.

You MAY find that the tower doesn't like mixed drives - all ours are either DVD or BD-R/RE.

Ron Spicer
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Thanks for your input, Gavin. I'm now informed (at last) that Acard's controller supports both, that a BD -R in the top slot with a couple of BD burners below should be okay. Acard only sell the tower and an installed controller which supports both BD and DVD. As for IDE or SATA, there is no indication outside the tower nor in the accompanying booklet that I found with difficulty(!) to clarify that point and I'd have to look inside at the drives?

Anyone actually undertaken this?

dominicwitherow
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Ron

I have swapped round all of the drives in my Acard DVD duplicator and it is extremely easy. Whilst mine is a few years old now, I can't imagine that the basic setup is significantly different.

All you need to do is unscrew and take off the outer casing, revealing the drives, cables, caddies etc, and swap them over. It will be obvious immediately whether they are IDE or SATA.

I have found (to my cost and embarrassment) that using the same model of drive in each slot is imperative - just doesn't work otherwise.

Dominic

Ron Spicer
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As they say in some parts of the world - "good on yer," Dominic!

Mine's quite a few years old too, now. I will explore and endeavour.

kevinl
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dominicwitherow wrote:
I have found (to my cost and embarrassment) that using the same model of drive in each slot is imperative - just doesn't work otherwise.

I have various stacks, that I have always used the same model in each drive too. I used to always run Pioneer drives. However due to problems with Pioneer DVR-A18L drives I have a stack that has 3 different models of burners in - an 'old' Pioneer (107 I think), a DVR-A18L & another make altogether (Lite-On I think, but doesn't say on the front panel) & the stack runs fine on DVD-R, DVD+R DL & CD's.