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How do you store movies?

I have over 400 Movies and am wondering what it takes, as far as hard drives, to store them. Do I need to build a server to work with my PC? and what is the best media center to invest in?
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Re: How do you store movies?

Most capture software wont let you copy movies onto your hard drive. But given a movie is usually 2hrs long and to capture at a quality thats as good as the original you need about 5gb of hard drive space per movie.

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Re: How do you store movies?

Some use hard USB drives with PS3 and store their movies. It acts like a server. Not very sofisticated but it works. The movies can be ripped but I just forgot the name of the software. You'll find everything here http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...tup-tests.html

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Re: How do you store movies?

I use DVDfab (www.dvdfab.com) to back up my movies to my media server and watch them using SageTV. I only back up the main feature and as mentioned above that takes about 5GB of disk space.


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Re: How do you store movies?

I don't have a PS3 and I already have DVDfab and all the other back up programs, I need to get the best way to put the on a hard disk for cataloging and playback, And keep in mind I have over 400.
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I don't have a PS3 and I already have DVDfab and all the other back up programs, I need to get the best way to put the on a hard disk for cataloging and playback, And keep in mind I have over 400.
Sounds like you need a fair bit of disk space. And you wouldn't want to lose that disk space. I have a Buffalo Terastation NAS, and I'm very happy with it. It's 2TB. 4 500G drives, RAID-5. I store all my media (28,000 MP3's, movies, pictures, etc) on it, and use a D-Link mediaplayer to access it over my LAN.

If you needed more than 2TB, just chain a couple together, or separately, etc. I wouldn't go for a standalone USB drive.

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Re: How do you store movies?

Jarin,

This sounds like a fair bit of investment. How much did that cost you? Do you have a link?

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Jarin,

This sounds like a fair bit of investment. How much did that cost you? Do you have a link?

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Well, it's all about how valuable your media is. I don't want to lose all my wife's photography at any cost, so it's worth it to me. Just under 700$ about 18 months ago I think. You can Google and find current pricing. There's 3 and 4TB models too I believe. I have mine connected to my backbone GigE switch. Basically any computer on my lan can access it and use it, etc.

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/

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Re: How do you store movies?

Thanks jarin, I'll check this stuff out. I know I'll have more questions very soon so please keep checking this thread.

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Re: How do you store movies?

Jarin,

But how do you play your movies in your HT?

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