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hard drive a viable alternative to media?...

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by gitoy, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. gitoy

    gitoy Member

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    saw an external 2tb hard drive at frys for $90...that is about 300 dvds worth of storage and i am thinking i will just have a library that i could access rather than the inconvenience of physically messing with my dvds...

    what are the pros and cons of doing this?...
     
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    Pro's
    Easy access
    Video quality better IMO.
    No need for a DVD player any longer.

    Cons
    Takes a considerable amount of time to rip 300+ DVD's to HDD
    The need for a back up 2TB HDD to be safe or keep the DVD originals.

    I ripped 300 DVD's to my desktop and am able to stream video through my network using a WD Live Plus media player.
     
  3. xboxdvl2

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    ive been watching movies through a 650gb external hdd connected to my dvd players usb port.most my movies are in avi format.occasionally my dvd player crashes but seems to be working ok.
     
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    YES AND NO ?

    Hard drive option 1. more Convenient { once your Collection is on The Drive } 2. Organized easier -you'll Always know where your Copy of {Attack Of The Killer Tomato's is } 3. Smaller storage area { If your an Afterdawn.Com Member You probably already know What a Large to Gigantic DVD collection Looks Like and how Much space it would take up ? , which is a bit of a PIA if you live in a small house or Cramped apartment !!!! Where a Hard drive or Two Or several even Take up very Little Room Unless your running a server farm or Something? - Hard Drive option The negative ! Hard Drives Crash !!!!! & They also reqiure Electricity to run { unless your running a portable drive off USB power which would still be electricity of some sort. That's the One Benefit Of Dvd's / Physical Media They Don't Crash !!! True they can get Scratched to Hell & Back , They can warp if Left in extreme heat and they can get Lost or Stolen But Then Some of this also applies to HDD's too ! - Is The Hard Drive option a Good Idea/ Valid Option ? Yes Provided You still have Either your Original disc as redundancy ? It would really Suck To have your Entire Collection / Hard Drive Die , Crash or Go up in smoke after you've Sold , Traded or Given away your Original disc !!!! Or as the other afterdawn member said Had another Hard drive with the same data/ movies on it as a backup - And Depending On how big your Collection is This could be expensive ? { More's Law = You can never Be too Rich , Too Thin , or Have Too much Hard Drive space !!!! More is More !!!!!- } Personally I'm More of a Physical Media Guy myself - I like The artwork and being able to see What I'm Playing Read The Cover ect ... But If the the hard Drive Option works for you , Then that's all that counts ? Good luck & hope this helped Even if only in some small way !!! Cheers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. gitoy

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    thanks guys...

    yeah bigtoxy69, i know what you mean about these things taking up a lot of space...i still have a collection of tapes taking up a wall and in several boxes...

    anybody else putting their collection in hard drives?...
     

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