I have some CDs/DVDs that need to be copied, can you help?

With material in legal matters increasingly being passed around in electronic form, CDs and DVDs are often used to store the material and you may find you need to make additional copies for yourself or other parties.  This short article explains how we can help.

25 June 2014 Frequently Asked Questions  General Q&A

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Introduction

With material in legal matters increasingly being passed around in electronic form, CDs and DVDs are often used to store the material and you may find you need to make additional copies for yourself or other parties.  This short article explains how we can help.

Before we dive in...

Before we start copying things you should first look how many discs you have and how many copies are required as this helps determine the best approach.  Copying a lot of discs can be an extremely time consuming business and so the following outlines the common disc copying requirements and our recommendation on how to approach each.

One Disc - One Copy

Most PCs include a CD/DVD drive capable of creating CDs/DVDs so it may simply be easier to copy the contents of disc onto your PC, then put a blank CD/DVD into the drive and copy the contents onto the drive.  As you do so Windows will prompt you to "burn" the disc so creating your copy.

If you don't have a CD/DVD writing drive, check with a colleague and if none are available we can copy disc for you.

One Disc -Up to 5 copies

If you have up to 5 copies to make of one disc then the method for one disc, one copy (above), one copy is probably quickest.

One Disc - More than 5 copies

If you have more than 5 copies to make of one disc then it is probably going to be quicker for us to copy the disc for you.  We have a duplication machine which allows us to produce multiple copies in one go.

Up to 5 Discs - One Copy

If you have up to 5 discs and need to make one copy of the set then the method for one disc, one copy (above), one copy is probably quickest.

More than 5 Discs - More than One Copy

If you have more than 5 discs to copy and more than one copy to make then it may be time for a different approach.  Even with a duplicating machine, copying discs can be a time consuming business and the more discs you have to copy, as opposed to copies to make, the longer it all takes.

However we often find many discs only contain a few files/folders which means that a number of discs could be easily compiled into one CD or DVD.  So instead of needing to make 3 copies of 15 CDs you could combine the 15 into 1 DVD and then make 3 copies of that.

That's fine for CDs but if you have say 20 DVDs packed full of material and you need several copies it may be better to consolidate these on to a portable hard drive or USB flash drive.  Bear in mind, if you are the person needing to work with 20 DVDs of material, swapping discs or reading discs using their computer is going to be a chore.  Working with all the discs on a portable hard drive is going to make your life easier and theirs. 

The downside to portable hard drives is they are more expensive than a few blank DVDs!  However most if cost is an issue then you should let us know as we may have spare devices we can rent, loan or sell at a discounted price.

Finally, if you ask us to copy discs for you...

If you want us to copy CDs and DVDs we can do this BUT there are a few things you need to know beforehand:

  1. Please include in your request the number of original discs to be copied and how many copies are required.
  2. Less than 5 discs will usually be completed on the same day anything more than that we will look at the total amount required and advise you on what we believe is the best course of action and how long it will take.
  3. We usually charge for CD/DVD duplication - currently this is £1.50+VAT per CD/DVD (includes blank disc and CD sleeve).
  4. We may advise you that a USB Flash Drive or portable hard drive is the best option.  These can purchased from us (we often have second hand drives available) or made available on a free loan but will be charged if not returned within 7 days.
  5. Labels on the original CD/DVDs are often hand-written and usually indecipherable!  We will add the main title of the disc to any copy made but cannnot guarantee it is correct.
  6. Occassionally a disc may be corrupt in some way and cannot be copied, we will advise you of this.

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