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An optional DVD-RAM drive is available for the D2424 HD recorder. The 9046 DVD-RAM was developed to archive data from the primary drive without the need for an outboard backup device.

The Fostex 9046 DVD-RAM can archive 4.7GB on each side of the disc for a total capacity of 9.2GB. Recorded material on the primary hard drive can also be exported to the DVD-RAM as a .WAV file when the unit is formatted to FAT 16 on a Windows PC. Another benefit is the reduced media cost over external SCSI options. The cost of the DVD-RAM is less than $10.00 per GB with the MSRP of $999.00.

"The DVD option is the best method of archiving with the D2424," says Phil Celia, Fostex Director of Sales and Marketing. "Every other option is external and doesn't afford any advantage. With the DVD it's very easy to transfer .WAV files back and forth. Theoretically, if you're using the D2424 as your primary hardware tracking device and when it comes time to transfer material to a software based program, all you need to do is swap a .WAV file to the DVD in the computer system. It's just that simple."

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