Did you know you can also read in content from discs?

You already know that your Rimage Disc Publishing System can create and duplicate CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray™ optical media. But did you know that you can also read in content from those discs and copy it to your computer? If you have a large set of discs and want the content of those discs on a hard drive or put onto your network, Rimage offers bulk read capability on all of our systems. You can load stacks of discs into the input and then copy the data itself to an accessible location of your choosing, or upload the data from disc as an image format so you can make identical disc copies at a later time. If you take advantage of spanning to build large sets of discs, the bulk read option is an easy way to restore all that content from discs.


To create a library of disc images that can later be used to create new discs, use Bulk Read to read your discs in as image files. Later, when you want to create a disc, use the ‘Record an Existing Disc Image File to Disc’ within QuickDisc to create a disc from the image. The resulting disc is identical to the original, just as if you did a Copy Disc job using the Rimage system.

tip-of-the-month-June-2-imageWhat if you created a backup of important data from a hard drive, then later had the dreaded hard drive failure? You wouldn’t want to manually copy data from each disc onto the replacement hard drive, one by one. Instead, you can use Rimage Bulk Read to automate the process, and extract the actual files and folders from the disc instead of a disc image.

For customers who just need their content read, Rimage offers Auto Bulk Read which takes care of the job setup for you – simply load your discs and go. If you are a system integrator or need additional parameters, Rimage Bulk Read is also possible through the Rimage API’s. This allows you to read data in from a disc, and then make decisions about what to do based on the data. For example, what if this file is already on the network, but with a different modified date and size? You could create a log entry in a security report noting that the file has been tampered with, and not automatically replace the file. Then when you’re ready, run a compare to find the differences between the file on the optical disc vs the replacement file to find the differences. The sky is the limit with what you can do with the API as you read the data in.

While Rimage has included Bulk Read and Auto Bulk Read in our software for many years, it has only been accessible through our Production Server GUI and Rimage System Manager software. Rimage is happy to announce that as of Rimage Software Suite 9.0, Automatic Bulk Read is now available in our QuickDisc software. This makes it easy for anyone to use the feature, even if they are unfamiliar with the software. Check it out, and contact your Rimage partner or Rimage technical support if you have any questions.