Not Just Another Backup Program

When speaking with friends and business acquaintances about our new software release (REWIND Archiving Software) the initial response is usually something like “um, sounds interesting but aren’t there already dozens of backup programs that do the same thing?”  It takes a quick explanation about the differences between backing up and archiving and then comes that Aha! moment.

Even if you regularly back up, the typical hard drive will fail in 3-5 years. Unless you maintain a regimented personal backup policy including multiple copies in multiple locations (which most people don’t) or are technically gifted enough to setup and maintain a comparatively expensive RAID system, your data and files are at risk art panels for inflatables.

Of course a cloud backup solution will solve some of these problems by offering redundant, offsite storage.  However, most people fail to consider several important factors before moving to the cloud.   For instance, how long would it really take to restore your all your files from the cloud?  If you have a significant amount of data it could take weeks or even months to restore.  The annual costs is also something that can quickly add up if you have large files such as photos, music or video and what happens if you have a financial setback and can’t pay for a year or so – what happens to your data?

So why is archiving with REWIND different? Well, unlike a backup, an archive is a permanent copy of your digital data such as photos, music, videos and files that you want to keep forever. Rewind allows you to easily archive all of your digital assets to a recordable Blu-ray disc which when properly used and stored have lifespan of up to 50 years or longer. If you need to restore your data, it’s as simple as inserting a disc and selecting the files you need.

Archiving to Blu-ray is not a new concept and there are several established providers of enterprise level archiving systems that utilize Blu-ray technology.  But until now the options for personal archiving have pretty much been limited to off the shelf data burning software that were not designed for ease of use for archiving or restoring.

If you want to protect a lifetime of digital photos, music, video and other precious data we encourage you to give archiving with REWIND a try.

Show Press Release: DIGISTOR Ships First-of-Kind Archiving Software for the PC and MAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIGISTOR Ships First-of-Kind Archiving Software for the PC and MAC.
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REWIND offers unparalleled ease-of-use for permanently archiving and restoring of digital files.

CAMPBELL, CA — July 26, 2012 — DIGISTOR announced today that REWIND™, its novel archive and restore application for the PC and MAC, is now available for retail purchase and is shipping with select hardware bundles.

REWIND software allows users to easily and securely archive all of their digital assets such as photos, movies, music and documents on scratch resistant 25GB, 50GB or 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs for permanent storage. With an embedded restore application, REWIND offers the ability via a simple 3 click process to restore files directly from the archived disc(s) to any computer without software installation required.

Compatible with all Blu-ray burners, REWIND is designed with an exceptionally user-friendly interface that can be configured in 3 simple steps as shown here: http://youtu.be/UpBmcJS_YlA. It also features unique cross-platform compatibility for use on PC or MAC. REWIND also offers several unique features such as:

• Automatic file and folder tracking:
Automatically tracks the files and folders selected for archive. File tracking keeps individually selected files up to date in the archive. Folder tracking will track changes and new files or folders added to the tracked folder

• Easily update archives and span multiple discs:
With REWIND it’s easy to update an archive as digital assets grow and can keep an archive going forever. REWIND will continue to burn to the Blu-ray disc until it’s full, then it will span to multiple discs allowing users to continuously grow an archive.

• Finish Later – Pause your archive mid-burn:
REWIND features a unique Finish Later feature, allowing users to pause an archive mid-burn and finish it later picking up right where they left off.

• Restore Anywhere:
Easily restore to any computer by simply inserting an archive disc and running the Restore app from the disc, no software installation required! Have a large archive that spans multiple discs? No problem! Simply insert the last disc in the archive and the restore application shows files across all discs and will request the discs needed for restore.

“As the amount of digital data continues to grow at an explosive rate, it’s more important than ever to maintain a secure, permanent copy of precious digital files” says Brian Friss, Vice President of DIGISTOR. “Previously, consumers and small business were reduced to backup to massive hard drives or cloud environments not under their control. REWIND is the first software of its type designed to offer reliable, scalable and easy to configure, digital archiving at an affordable price.”

REWIND is available online at www.amazon.com and www.digistor.com with a suggested retail price of $39.99. REWIND will also be bundled with all DIGISTOR Blu-ray drives beginning July 26, 2012. For more information on REWIND or other data storage or multimedia products offered by DIGISTOR, please visit www.digistor.com.

About DIGISTOR

DIGISTOR, a division of Sunland International, LLC, is a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of digital archiving products and secure storage solutions.

Serving the industrial and global OEM market since 2001, DIGISTOR provides industrial-grade archiving and digital-video storage solutions to consumers, professional users, SMB’s and specialized industries such as photography, broadcast, videography, medical imaging and security/surveillance.

DIGISTOR™ and Rewind™ are trademarks of Sunland International, LLC.

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Best storage for your archived discs (and video games!)

When it comes to archiving you can use the best hardware, highest quality discs, and the greatest software to get your files burned to your personal archive, but where do you store the discs?

Maybe you haven’t run across the DIGISTOR™ 80 disc Storage Cabinet. We have been selling (and using ourselves) this storage case for CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-ray discs and even video games for a while now, and it’s perfect for storing your archived BD-R discs!

Every time I show someone this storage cabinet they are always impressed that it easily slides open with a battery-free gliding door, and clicks closed with ease. So, the best way to show the product is this quick video.

A feature that is also hard to believe how great it is until you experience it is that these units are stackable. They really interlock when you stack them, and will not fall. I used to have two units stacked on top of my subwoofer, and they never moved!

When you’re looking to store your archived data, or even just have quick access to your video game discs, this DIGISTOR™ 80 disc storage cabinet is perfect. If you have any questions about it, just leave a comment below!

Source: DIGISTOR™ 80 Disc Storage Cabinet

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It’s the latest in Blu-ray playback technology… and it’s on a Mac?

Get your MacBook Pro, Air, Mini, and iMac ready to play that gorgeous 1080p video from your favorite Blu-ray movies because DVDFab and XBMC have created a knock-out combo movie player application you have to check out! Grab your External Blu-ray drive, plug it in, and read on…

We are not unfamiliar with certain Mac Blu-ray players out in the market. There’s been whispers of tweaking VLC and other workarounds, even some retail offers are used by our customers. We recently found that DVDFab has built software that really gives users a pleasant Blu-ray playback experience on the Mac, and it works perfectly with DIGISTOR Blu-ray drives (of course we had to let you know!)

DVDFab teamed up with XBMC a fantastic duo for overcoming playback issues on a closed system like the Mac. By doing so they were able to create a software called DVDFab Media Player for Mac which plays Blu-ray discs directly from the Blu-ray drive plugged into your Mac. It will also play Blu-ray ISO files, and many other media file types making it a nice well rounded media player anyway.

The software hasn’t officially released yet, the company claims it is coming soon. To support that claim they are giving a 30 day free trial on their website.

One thing to note is that this software does require internet access so the software can ping DVDFab’s servers to get the latest unlock for the movie you are trying to watch. DVDFab has been the leaders of DVD and Blu-ray movie ripping software for quite a while, so its no wonder why they can easily unlock a Blu-ray discs with just a ping, but they must do this over the internet at the time the movie tries to play.

Though we ran into a few bugs while using the trial, we felt the overall experience was the best we’ve had playing a Blu-ray disc on a MacBook. Take a look, let us know if you feel it’s worth the $60 price tag, or if you’ve had a better experience with another program.

Source: DVDFab

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