Best Long Term Movie Storage

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  1. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    What's the latest recos for storing movies long-term?
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  2. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    What medium?
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  3. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    That's part of my question. Right now I only have a DVD-R recorder, and I think DVD-R is the worst way to go with DVDs.
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  4. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    the best way to store is using redundancy.
    Cloud, and you can access it anywhere there's internet
    hard copy (DVD, tape, whatever) and you can take it with you where there's not internet
    disk drive (not a flash) kept in a safe place
    flash (phone, ipad, thumb drive, whatever)

    Memory is dirt cheap nowadays. Capitalize on that.
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  5. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Movies on DVD?

    Burn 'em to a hard drive and store the drive carefully? Then duplicate that every few years? Probably the easiest if you have to update the format at some point.

    I thought you were talking like 8 mm home movies or something exotic like reel to reel video tape.
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  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Stay away from the cloud storage for movies.... If you own the dvd in a box, store it in a bin, digitize the movie, keep it on local drives.
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  7. SgtDuster

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    Hard drive, duplicated on a 2nd hard drive as a backup.

    When the first HDD starts to act weird, buy a new one, use the old backup disk as your new primary disk and the new one as the backup.

    Rinse, repeat.

    Not only good for movies but for all your pictures, songs, and stuff.
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  8. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    This was my solution:

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    Around 18TB in RAID5 :evil

    Time for an upgrade soon though. Only about 3TB left

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  9. eakins

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    keep a hard copy stored away (you'll probably die before the dvds go bad) and put them on a home theater computer or a simpler yet a popcorn hour box - http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=catalog&mainItemId=55

    4 TeraByte (TB) hard drives will work. http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/index.php/A-400_Compatibility_Lists#3.5.22_SATA_disks
    I have over 700 movies (DVD & some 720p Blue Ray) currently at 1.75TB

    rip your movies to H.264 .MKV format with
    http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm
    others use .avi or .mp4

    the popcorn hour connects to a computer via USB and is seen as another drive letter. rip the DVD to the popcorn hour harddrive. when done plug the popcorn hour into the TV and AV system and select movies on the TV screen.
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  10. eakins

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    :clap

    wow. are you saving as uncompressed BlueRay in the 15+ GB range per movie? That is a ton of storage.

    i keep my DVDs to aprox 1.5gb and only do Blueray at 720P (Not 1080P) at 2-2.5gb per movie.

    when i'm fishing for movies via Torrent (KAT) i look for movies in the same size range too.

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  11. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    No, they are all compressed DVDs. Typically 3-4G each. I have a couple of thousand movies - all my own rips (I don't DL). Plus I have about 1T of music in there. All rips from my own CDs in three different formats (Apple lossless, 320k MP3 and 128k AAC)

    But it is getting full so next I'm going to check if the RAID cards will support 2T drives and if so swap out the old 400G array
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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    noise?
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  13. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Yeah, it is quite loud and has to live in the basement.
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