Compatibility Is King

Aleratec’s USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Towers take versatility to a whole new level.

by Perry Solomon

Most of us at one time or another have made that fateful purchase of a product that, as it turned out, was compatible with every type of device with exception of the one you own. Adding useful, new compatibility was a focal point for Aleratec engineers when we designed our new USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA and USB HDD Copy Tower SA family, which is why you’ll see all three units work with USB-connected 2.5” external hard drives and SSD drives. 

Before design and engineering phases began, we surveyed end users for input and asked what features they would like to see on future Aleratec USB flash drive duplicators. Time after time, the ability to work with external hard drives was the number one requested feature. In other words, make a USB duplicator that not only clones USB flash drives but also works with 2.5-inch USB-connected external hard drives and USB-connected external solid state drives as well. And while you’re at it, include sanitization functions. A tall order. Fortunately, Aleratec engineers are adaptable.

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower family are compatible with USB flash drives, USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and solid state drives, and include sanitization functions for 2.5-inch external hard drives. (flash drives, hard drives and cables not included)

USB Flash Drives and More

Three models in the new series include the 1:7 USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA, the 1:23 USB HDD Copy Tower SA and the 1:31 USB HDD Copy Tower SA for fast duplication of 7, 23 or 31 flash drives at a time. Not only do these powerful stand-alone duplicators copy or compare multiple USB flash drives, they are compatible with USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and Read more ›

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Take a Tour of the Aleratec Outlet Store

Great deals await on Certified Factory Refurbished products.

by Perry Solomon

A lot of e-commerce websites have outlet stores for bargain hunters, and Aleratec is no exception. Outlet sections are a great way to make room in the Aleratec factory refurbished hard disk drive duplicatorwarehouse by selling products at reduced prices. Not all outlet stores are created equal, however. Aleratec’s Outlet Store sells Certified Factory Refurbished hard disk drive duplicators, USB duplicators, shedders and other Aleratec products, and it’s popular among customers who appreciate a good bargain. If you haven’t purchased a product on the Outlet store or are not familiar with what factory refurbished products really means, here’s a quick summary that may entice you.

How Does A Product End Up in the Outlet Store?

Aleratec’s Outlet store contains products that have been returned under our return and refund policy. There are a number of scenarios that can result in returned merchandise. Authorized resellers may be overstocked and need to clear room for other merchandise or will return products due to cosmetic damage such as scratches or dents that occur during shipping. Sometimes a customer will order the wrong product for their needs and simply send it back. In a great majority of cases, the returned product arrives back to us in full-functioning condition. The Outlet store also contains brand new products that work flawlessly, but did not pass our stringent quality standards, whether it’s a scratch on the product’s case or Read more ›

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How Do Non-Scratch SATA (NSS) Connectors Protect Hard Disk Drives?


The 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser Duplicator is one of many hard disk drive duplicators from Aleratec that uses Non-scratch SATA connectors.

by Perry Solomon

There are many factors, both external and internal, that can cause a hard disk drive to fail. The most notorious, of course, is a head crash, but there are other hidden threats to the hard-working hard drive. After all, hard disk drives are mechanical devices with many moving parts, and like any mechanical device, some parts can become damaged and eventually stop working.

An Ounce of Prevention

Aleratec makes some of the world’s best hard disk drive duplicators, and we’ve learned a thing or two on how to protect hard disk drives during the duplication process. One very important preventive measure is the Non-Scratch SATA (NSS) connectors included on our most popular HDD Duplicators. To the laymen, a SATA connector may seem insignificant; however, a scratched hard disk drive connector will send chills down the spine of an IT professional who knows what can happen when Read more ›

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Many Lessons Learned from Educators at ISTE

by Perry Solomon

ISTE logoHaving returned from our first time exhibiting at the International Society for Technology in Education conference, or ISTE, Aleratec did what most exhibitors do after a big trade show. We held a meeting. The discussion, however, was not a typical post-show recap of what we as a company gained from exhibiting.  Rather, it was a free flow discussion of what we as a company learned from attending ISTE 2014 and from the many educators who stopped by the Aleratec booth to view our new Portable Device Management (PDM) products for tablet deployment in classrooms.

Lesson 1: Educators at ISTE Are Open, Enthusiastic and Willing to Share Ideas

Not quite knowing what to expect as a first time exhibitor, we were immediately impressed by the attendance of around 16,000, and many administrators, educators and IT managers stopped by the booth. Being surrounded by so many enthusiastic leaders in education was inspirational to our team as almost every visitor had an idea or input to share with us about charging, syncing and managing tablets.

Lesson 2: ISTE Educators Are Skilled Networkers

Networking, via social media and person-to-person, was a powerful force on the ISTE tradeshow floor. Educators go to ISTE to learn and spread the word about best practices, new technologies or any product or service that can improve the K-12 learning process. While social and traditional networking permeates every industry, educators take tweeting, posting and meeting to a new level, and we were pleased by the visitors who tweeted and posted about Aleratec PDM.

Lesson 3: Educators at ISTE Engage in New Technology

One could feel the level of excitement from attendees curious about the newest technologies for the classroom. From the latest tablets and laptops, to new teaching software, educators are embracing new technologies and products designed to enhance teaching and learning.

Lesson 4: ISTE Educators are Resourceful When They Have to Be

From makeshift plastic tubs with power strips glued inside, to home-made charging hubs held together with tape, we heard amusing tales of how resourceful educators have to be when it comes to keeping tablets charged, synced and secure. When visitors to our booth saw how the Aleratec Charge and Guard Secure Charge/Sync Cabinet 16, Charge and Sync Station 16, and the Charge and Sync Station Mini 10 could put an end to these makeshift contraptions, there were visible expressions of relief. Hint: Stay tuned for a “Photo Contest” on this very subject from Aleratec soon!

PDM family shot

Final Lesson: ISTE 2015

ISTE 2014 was a great success for Aleratec Portable Device Management, and we immediately signed up for twice the booth space for Philadelphia next year. We look forward to an even better show, meeting new people and re-connecting with all the educators we met who prove once and for all that people who do things the best—teach!

See you in Philly!

This blog was written and posted by Perry Solomon, President & CEO of Aleratec, Inc.





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