As I were not able to find a DVD-R carousel within my price range that includes a reader, I'm considering buying eight DVD-R drives and controller-card(s) for extracting data off hundreds of CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Most of my DVD-Rs are 16x or less.
I first thought that the following configuration would work, but connecting four USB 2.0 drives to one USB 2.0/3.0 hub would limit the speed, as the design of hubs in general will have a total capacity of one USB 2.0 port.
- 2 USB 2.0 HUBS : http://www.dx.com/p/m6988-b-power-socket-style-high-speed-480mbps-4-port-usb-2-0-hub-black-40cm-cable-173752#.Vo3l-DZg1AY
- 8 USB DVD-R slot-in drives : http://www.dx.com/p/super-slim-usb-2-0-slot-in-dvdrw-external-optical-drive-for-macbook-silver-black-274392#.Vo3mWDZg1AY
What hardware configuration would have an optimal speed to extract all drives at the same time in good speed?