Originally Posted by stevethebrain
I have 3 (50 count) cake boxs and 2 small folder type w/ the sleves (24 count).
I want to continue to achive w/ DVDs like some idea's of how to store
Awww, with only 3 cakeboxes, you're just starting out!
Storage choice depends on your personal attitude toward your collection, how often you need to access the recordings, and how comfortable you are with the handling vs storage space factors of the different methods.
Having accumulated 3000+ VHS and Beta tapes over the past thirty years, I've long since grown comfortable with a system of storing the tapes in the 10-pak boxes they came in, with each tape logged in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet noting box #, tape#, program category, and description (further divided with separate contents entries if the tape has wildly different programs on it). Aside from digging a particular box out from under a stack, this system makes it easy to find anything I might want to watch or loan out. When I migrated to DVD recording, I easily adapted this system to logging 50-disc cakeboxes instead of 10-tape boxes. Very simple for me, I'm used to working this way, and it takes up the least amount of storage space (my A-1 priority after living with thousands of tapes underfoot for decades). Many of the shows and movies I archive just for the sake of having them: realistically, I won't need access to them again for years, so as long as I know where I can find them I'm happy. Those I store in the 600-ct (12 cakebox) shipping cartons they came in. Recordings that I view periodically, or seem to be popular loan-outs, I organize to be more available. I can locate my target disc in a 50-pak cakebox in 5 seconds flat: all I need to know is that its in there.
Most AVS members are horrified at my system, they can't see themselves digging thru 50 dvds in a cakebox to find something. They much prefer using binders which allow flipping thru pages to eyeball the DVDs , making them easier to locate. I did try the the binder system years ago, for my computer CD-ROMs, and found it much more annoying than using the cakeboxes. If you have a really large homebrew DVD collection (thousands), binder costs add up quickly and storage requirements can become tricky. The mega-huge binders several members prefer strike me as defeating the purpose: a binder holding several hundred discs weighing 20 lbs seems much more cumbersome to me than cakebox storage. But there you go: there isn't a universal answer, no "best way to set up your library." You have to play around with different options until one feels right.
At the moment I have 83 cakeboxes and 170+ boxes of VHS that still need to be dubbed to DVD. The day I finish that dubbing project is the day I reclaim half my living space. By then 10 terabyte HDDs should be selling for under $100, at which point all the DVDs get archived on a few compact redundant HDDs (just in time to accompany me into assisted living
: all those videos plus a laptop or tablet should fit in a nightstand).