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    The floppy drive is no longer obsolete. AmEv's Avatar
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    Default Project: Repler

    For various... interest-related... reasons, I have decided to take it upon myself to make a disk-duplication station.

    Not just one of those "burn many disks at once" stations, but something (mostly) fully automated:
    • Grab CD from stack
    • Put CD in burner
    • -- If CD is bad, put in "bad pile".
    • Move CD to printer
    • Move printed CD to "done pile".



    Tings I have:
    • CD-capable printer
    • A couple DVD burners (for testing purposes)
    • Recycled SCSI CD "Server"
    • Receipt printer
    • Touchscreen
    • 20x2 display (you know, for a quick status glance...)


    Things I need:
    • mITX motherboard
    • 5 Blu-Ray burners
    • Large HDD
    • Some way to connect above drives
    • CD arm mechanism (possibly going to be the hardest, funnest part of the project)
    • Finish modifying drive case
    • Rolling metal shelving


    One thing I'm undecided on is if I just use the same printer for printing out the case covers, or another printer. Either way, I can get some decent printers for relatively inexpensively.

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Have you seen the Jack the (DVD) Ripper project? It may give you a starting point for the arm mechanism which could be modified to service multiple drives.

    In any case, this sounds like a cool project so please keep us posted!
    TheMainMan

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Definitely looking forward to seeing this project, but my first thought was.. "People still use DVD's and CD's?"

    Can't wait to see what you do!

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Kinda cool, indeed.

    I suppose I could also configure it to rip, too. But that's a personal-only feature...

    But this is somewhat what I had in mind:

    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Heh, didn't see your comment originally OvRiDe.

    Yeah, some people still swear by having the original disk. You know some of us still swear by the platter hard drive.... <_< >_> Besides, I'm also going to invest in Blu-Ray burners.

    Don't have any (real) pics yet, but I do have an update: I managed to source the poweredUSB cables I'm missing! Won't be able to get (all of) them this paycheck, so it's going to be a week before I can grab them!

    I must say, poweredUSB would be an interesting prospect for the DIY community. Problem is, it's backed by an IBM patent. Ah well...
    P:R is a go for media distribution!
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Well, hopefully good news:

    Hopefully, I just found where I can get the cables: here!

    It looks like some of the cables I need aren't in stock, but they should be able to order them!


    PS: OvRiDe: you can't autograph a digital download, now can you?
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Quote Originally Posted by AmEv View Post
    PS: OvRiDe: you can't autograph a digital download, now can you?
    Only if you have Adobe Acrobat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OvRiDe View Post
    Only if you have Adobe Acrobat.
    Well played, kind sir.

    Well, I found (and got) one thing I forgot I was missing: a monitor mount. ...And no questions as to how I acquired said monitor and character display???
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    EXCELLENT news!

    While I was unable to find "authentic" cables, I was able to source down some bulk 12v pUSB cables, and I should be able to tweak with them a bit to suit my purposes!

    So, all that's left to "make" is to get the CD moving mechanism down! (After, of course, I finally finalize how I want the general layout to be in SketchUp...
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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    Default Re: Project: Repler

    Well, the project isn't completely dead (yet), just half of the pieces are still two states away.

    In the meantime, I've been able to figure out that it might actually be better (as well as definitely easier) if I keep the motherboard in one case, and the drives in another. Besides, this will give me a 5th drive to burn disks with!

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=36653867
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

    Tri.fecta

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