December 2011 Archives

Duplication / Preload Machine

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Check out our custom made 60 unit Duplicator machine! See our December 15th post for information on Duplication and how it works.


Happy Holidays!

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What is Duplication? How does it work?

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What is Duplication?

Duplication, or preloading, is the process of copying information such as files, videos, music, links and other information to multiple drives. A preload file can be sent one of two ways. A client can send their preload via email or send a previously preloaded drive to our office. Either way the content is copied to one of the customized USB Flash Drives that the client ordered from us. This flash drive is then used to format and copy the information to the rest of the flash drives.


How does Duplication Work?

USB Media has developed its own machines and pre-load software to duplicate files to our USB Flash Drives. This software enables us to offer both erasable and non - erasable preloads.


There are two types of Duplication, File Copy and Image Copy. USB Media uses Image Copy, a better, more reliable form of duplicating. Image copy works by copying information bit by bit so that the layout, content, and drive are identical to the original. With this process, the drives are formatted, copied, and verified. Verification is the process of ensuring that the content is readable, a very important step in the duplication process. Only in Image copy can the preload be verified.


With File Copy, the data is copied and inserted wherever there is space on the drives. Therefore, the target drive contains the same data but is not identical to the original drive. In addition, verification does not take place in File Copy Duplication. Therefore there is a greater chance the preload may have errors.


How can Duplication benefit my business?

USB Flash drives are the most convenient, versatile, and affordable portable memory devices available. Utilizing gigabits to share files, product catalogs, marketing presentations and software distribution, these products are one of the best marketing tools for any company. With a customized preload functionality, any type of file or document can be duplicated onto multiple drives. Our company utilizes duplication machines to preload thousands of flash drives a day, making large jobs easy to fulfill in a short amount of time.

USB Flash drives are extensively used for marketing purposes as well as data storage. However, many people in the workforce as well as students use flash drives on a regular basis or regular usage. If you want to transfer any type of marketing material in a customized manner then USB Flash Drives are the best option. Not to mention they make a great promotional gift!

5,000 drives in 2 days...

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Reformatting 5,000 USB Flash Drives sounds like a difficult, time consuming task. We recently were requested to do so by a printing client who had ordered these drive preloaded with non-erasable content from another overseas vendor. These types of tasks are often difficult to handle since very few US flash drive sellers have the technical capability to complete the assignment. Through our extensive contacts with our suppliers we were able to obtain the proper software for the project.  We also had a very short lead-time for this project, two days to be exact. Our technical team was able to complete this assignment in time for delivery to our client.

One interesting side note was that during the reformatting process, we found that approximately 20% of the drives were "upgraded chips". These were flash chips that were significantly lower in capacity that were reformatted to look like a higher capacity drive. Our experience is that this happens quite often with bulk purchases where pricing gets extremely competitive. No vendor is willing to lose money selling drives. When a bid is just too low to be true, some funny business often accompanies it!

USB Media works very closely with our clients to guarantee their requirements and expectations are met. We walk them through the process of their flash drive order, and continuously test their preload files before shipment. It is just as important to us that your presentation is perfect. Our service and quality is a representation of our company and that is not something we compromise at any cost. USB Twist.jpg

Tis the Season...

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After finally recovering from all the Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cake, and a weeks worth of leftovers... I have decided to get an early start on some Holiday Shopping. Most people find that corporate gifts are the most difficult to buy. Every year my father buys alcohol and gift cards - such a typical corporate gift idea. So why not mix it up a little? I can only image how many bottles of Vodka one person could possibly need anyway...

Which is why our client, PGP, chose to gift USB Drives with their printed Holiday Card to all their clients. See below for their model choice, engraving, and customization.

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We offer such a great variety of drive options from various sizes, colors, objects, and accessories that we can design any type of drive you would like. Upload a holiday card so it pops up upon inserting their USB Drive. Honestly, what could be more personal and unique than that? We provide engraving and screen printing options as well as lanyards and key fobs for all Flash Drive models. Make an impression this year with a great corporate gift - the gift of a customized USB Flash Drive.

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