Custom Flash Drives | Pros and Cons v. Optical Media

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Custom Printed Flash Drives have become a more widely used physical media for distributing digital content.   When you want to pysically deliver your digital content, we are seeing a small percentage of clients move away from DVDs and CDs.  When deciding whether or not Custom USB Flash Drives are right for you, there are  some common pros and cons to consider which we have outlined below.


Compact and Faster:  Flash Drives are small and compact.  They are easy to distribute and also have a data transfer rate faster than the conventional CD or DVD counterpart. They are also perceived as a more elegant and simple delivery solution.

Larger Capacity: USB Flash drives can typically store anywhere from 512K to 32GB.  If the data you are distributing is more than 4.4 GB(the data storage capacity of a single layer DVD) the Flash Drive is an ideal solution.  We have clients who regularly distribute 16GB or more data, which would previously been done on a 4 DVD set.

Re-usable: Flash Drives are reusable and can be rewritten to and erased.  The data can also be locked so it cannot be erased, but the remainder of the drive capacity can be formated to be re-used.  This way, your distributed content is always present on the drive as the end user uses the drive for other data and storage needs.


Cost:  In general, Flash Drives are a more costly solution than optical media.  Particularly when distributing 500 units or more, the cost of a typical CD might be $1 per unit, where a 512MB custom printed flash drive with the data pre-loaded would be around $4 per unit.   This cost differential becomes very wide when you are at quantities of 5K or more.  There the price differential can be 40-50 cents per CD vs. $3.50 per unit for Flash Drives.  As the quantity needed, however, decreases, and say for example 100 CDs were needed vs. the flash drives, 100 CDs would be approx $3.00 per unit, where a comparable flash drive might be around $5.00 unit.


Overall Comparison Summary : Overall, USB Flash Drive costs have been steadily decreasing and with this continuing trend they will continue to gain in popularity for data storage and distribution. Cost is really the main determining factor against chosing flash drives. We do not see costs being equal for larger runs, 500 units or more, but at lower quantities, at some point, flash drives will be a more economical solution while also providing a more compact, flexible and reusable solution for physical data delivery.

DVD Copycat provides and extensive selection of over 200 styles of custom flash drives and also provides data loading services if you already have the drives and just need data loads.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding Custom Printed USB Flash Drives, CDs, DVD or Bluray discs.  We are always here to help our client get the best product delivered on time.



Dual Layer DVD Duplication | DVD-DL

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A standard DVD-R holds approximately 4.4GB of data.  When there is an need for a larger capacity DVD at low quantities, clients typically choose DVD-DL.  DVD-DL is a dual layer burnable DVD that can hold approximately 8.5GB of data or video content.  DL discs have continually been used more and more widely.  We see many clients using this disc when they need quantities of 25-400 units.  Short run software applications, data updates, and full length movies with run times past 2 hours are most of the clients we see ordering DVD-DL.  Once we get to 500 units, we can justify the cost to replicate, or “press” these discs.  These discs are called DVD9.

Cost and Compatibility of DVD-DL: DVD-DL is that the cost is typically about $2 more expensive per disc than standard DVD-R and in some instances, the compatibility of DVD-DL with players can be finicky for video.  This higher cost is typically lower than the cost of making 2 standard DVD so in that circumstance, the DL disc will provide you with some cost saving.

Compatibility for Data application has become less of an issue as most DVD drives now are designed to recognize this format.  Set top DVD Video players also are designed to recognize this format, but the manufactures were slower to adopt, and this why DVD-DL will not play in some older players.

Overall, though, DVD-DL has its niche and fills a void when more data is needed, but quantity is low.  It is a good solution when you do not want to split up a project and put it on 2 standard DVD-Rs.

At DVD Copycat we only source the very best blank DVD-DL media we can find so the quality and compatibility is maximized.

If you have more questions about Dual Layer DVD Duplication, DVD-DL, or would like to place an order, just contact us and we would be happy to quote you and get to work for you and deliver a great product.

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