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Got me a new toy ... WooHoo !!

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Got me a new toy ... WooHoo !!

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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 04:29PM

HD space just keeps gettin cheaper. At .10 a gig I just couldn't pass it up. Gonna use this pup to get started digitizin my DVD collection. By the time I get this one filled and ready for the next one they'll problee be even cheaper and with 700 DVDs to input that's a good thing smiling
bouncing smiley
blinkermann Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 05:36PM

Outstanding, though I suspect that it will take some work to fill. I got a 300GB network drive 2 years ago to backup all the family computers and it is still 2/3 free. It is hard to imaging filling 2TB. Still in 1989 I got a 45MB drive for my MAC - The guy at the store thought that would be all the storage I would ever need.
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 05:51PM

Assuming 8 Gigs per DVD (most are these days) you're only at 250 DVD's to fill that puppy.

Don't forget MK, the bigger the drive is, the more you loose when it fails. Might wanna buy 2 smiling
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 06:32PM

he has more movies than anyone i know combined. eye popping
smiley post a pic of the mantle. grinning
pulse Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 07:59PM

I've got a 5TB NAS (Thecus N5200B Pro) at home, which is full of .. err .. my movie collection (legitimate of course)

I've compressed them all to save space (xvid) and only have 500 gig free.. it doesn't take much to fill.

Then again I've got my other fileserver (which is no longer in use) which has an additional 3TB of space total should I run out. I should be fine for a little while longer.

It's just a shame I can't use my storage for these damn websites! Useless servers are running out of space again.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: August 19, 2009 08:56PM

Right now I'm kinda in a holding pattern with this project. I picked up a Mac from a local cat that builds what he calls a Hackintosh. He takes MAC compatible PC components and cobbles 'em together then loads the Mac OS and sells 'em. I decided to rework the machine he sold me and pretty much replaced everything in it but the HD. I added a new MoBo, dual core cpu, 4 gigs of DDR2 RAM, a 1gig video card (way overkill I know), built it all into an old Gateway Dimension case I had layin around and then found out the Mac OS wouldn't interface with the new hardware. This really sux since I had already loaded up all my music on it before I rebuilt it and now it dudn even work!

Anyway, he's tellin me he'll have their most recent OS ready to load up pretty soon and since it's sposta do blue rays I'm gonna head that way with my HTPC machine. I think waitin and usin the Mac to rip and encode the DVDs might be the most prudent move. I'd really be upset to use my hot rod Ubuntu i7 machine to do all the heavy liftin and then find out the Mac wouldn't play 'em after they were already loaded. I'm gonna hafta do all the rippin as an ongoing process, but speakin of which, any recommendations for software to rip/encode with that's Mac compatible?

I really like the simplicity of the Mac for an entertainment center machine but it sure leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to customization compared to what I'm used to with Ubuntu.

I expect to wind up needin at least 3 of these 2Tb drives by the time I'm finished. I've thought about buildin a separate box with just drives set up in a RAID but really have no idea if that's workable, much less feasible with that kinda HD space or how I would link it to the HTPC machine. Anyone have any ideas about how to get this done?

As usual, another project with more questions than answers totally

jgoins Report This Comment
Date: August 20, 2009 07:03AM

What software do you guys use to copy dvd's to hard drive?
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: August 20, 2009 07:57AM

So far I've only used Linux programs jg and unless you're runnin Linux I'm afraid they wouldn't help ya winking

Onyma Report This Comment
Date: August 20, 2009 11:58AM

On Win I have used DVDFab 5 to rip disks (free version works), then ImgBurn (free) to re-burn them... and DVDShrink if you need to make an 8Gig fit onto a 4Gig disk. Quality loss is essentially unnoticeable.