Is it impossible to set up a tower with 4 or 5 burners and simultaneously burn separate files to each drive? It seems like you would need some kind of controller card, but the only ones out there are built for duplication. I also wonder about RAM issues and processor speeds. Nero supposedly supports simultaneously burns, but what about the hardware side.
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When you sit down and work out the figures it gets very difficult.
Each burner if burning at 16x needs to be fed with 23MB/s
Each HDD can deliver approx 50MB/s of continuous data, this falls below 25MB/s when more than one stream is needed due to the time it takes to move the heads on the disc.
Each IDE channel can handle at most 100MB/s, most DVD writers are UDMA2 which is only 33MB/s on a good day so only 1 writer per channel.
PCI can only handle 133MB/s so for HDD reading and writing that falls to 66MB/s for each PCI add in card.
Ok, 5 burners will need 5 HDD’s to run different images from, that gives a total of 10 IDE devices and to make sure of no problems you will need to run each on its own channel, 4 IDE devices off of the built in controller, leaves 6 to run from PCI IDE cards. Now we hit another problem, PCI will not support all 6 devices running at over 23MB/s as you run out of bandwitdth. 4 would be your limit (2x 23MB for the writers and 2x 23MB for the HDD’s givining 92MB/s of PCI data which is very close to its burst limit).
Basically, the most you will get on a standard 33MHz 32 bit PCI based PC is 4 writers and 4 HDD’s all bruning 16x at once. This is using the onboard IDE channels if they DONT use PCI for connection to the CPU (like most dont now)