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Archiving games in storage

Postby schmupluvr » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:56 am

Hi all.
I'm at the point that I need to save physical space and $.
Does anyone have any experience archiving TIZ stuff on discs? Roms(mainly), emulators, maybe some videos too. I'm going for BD-Rs first time ever.
Compressed, not compressed, I'm hoping to learn the best all around storage and retrieval method.
I have burned boo coo cds and dvds like everybody but I feel like I need to find out a little more first.
I figured I'd ask, and any help or pointing me is genuinely appreciated.
Edit*- Favorite burning software? Especially blu-rays, pay or free.
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby SeaNec » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:05 am

Compress as much as possible and burn to disc. Roms on one, videos on another disc and so on. For vidoes you might want to skip compressing so you can also watch them on a DVD player.
And do not do some foolish mistake like compresing everything in a big archive and burning that to disc. Disc get damaged as times goes and if you have big archives you tjey will get damaged. Handle the discs with extreme care. Good luck.
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby schmupluvr » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:32 am

Keeping roms separate is already a good idea. Thanks kemosabe.
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby SuplexJackson » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:37 am

It looks like BD-R is a little cheaper per-GB but I'd still go with a USB hard drive just for convenience. There's not that much of a difference cost-wise, and a 3 TB USB drive isn't going to take up as much space as a spindle of 50 BD-Rs (at 50 GB each, or 100 discs at 25 GB each). In this scenario you would also have more space on the USB drive than the spindle of discs.

That's assuming you need that much space, though. If you don't, the BD-Rs might make more sense.
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby ZX81v2 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:41 am

A 2-3 TB NAS (WD My Cloud) are cheap as chips !, (Network Attached Storage)
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby scorpNZ » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:09 pm

Be aware that using compression makes data recovery much harder if something goes wrong with whatever medium you choose to store it on.You also need more than 1 backup of whatever it is your attempting to save,so trying to save money isn't quite that simple,unless you can afford to loose the data.Nothing will piss you off more than not having another copy of lost data :evil:
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Re: Archiving games in storage

Postby g13exzerocoby » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:42 pm

I would separate everything. I usually store videos or music in dvds and cds without compressing them so if some day I want to watch them, I can do it with a dvd player, without having to copy them again to the HDD. If you use BD-Rs, then copy some files of the same category (a disc with only ps1 games, another one with ps2 games, etc...) and make sure to type the content of the discs somewhere, for example, type "Disc #" in the disc, and then make a database (MS access) with everything is contained within them.

And I think you can burn BDs with Imgburn, but I'm not sure.
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