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At this point I have no plans to rip my over 700 and growing DVD collection to hard drives.

I do use DVD Profiler to catalog this collection and I am looking for the most efficient way to physically store and retrieve them.

DVD Profiler assigns a number to each DVD and I'm thinking of storing them numerically in hanging DVD folders in some sort of drawer arrangement. Is anyone here doing something similar, if so what brand of folders are you using (hanging folder example: http://www.meritline.com/180-071-010-fs.html) and what brand of drawers are you using?

Is there a better way than the hanging folders to store a large number of DVD's?

Is there another place I might try to get answers to these questions?

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http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...&cmArea=SEARCH

I have something like this is a room near my home theater. I took up a full wall for open storage. I actually bought four of them and placed them side by side. Adjustable shelves and placed the DVDs in alphabetical order with plenty of space by adjusting the shelves. Bolted them together and secured them to the wall.

No inventory needed, easy to browse , because they are alpha order, and i just pull out the ones I am ready to watch. Only issue is dust on the cases but no big deal.

Occasionally the big box store have a sale , thats when I bought my matching cases for something like $30 each.

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I use DVD profiler too.

Better to just place them in alpha order as its easier to keep track of and return them and if they get a little messed up , its no big deal. Like you can get sloppy and it still works as long as you kinda return them to the first letter of the title. Like all the W's are together. You can sort the DVD profiler list that way too.

So if you are looking for a title, you just look where the W's are , and at the most you look at a few dozen titles in the W area, and you don't have to be too anal about precise inventory management.

And you can also just roughly sort by letter groupings in a short period of time if things get messed up and don't have to find a number on a list somewhere.

You could even roughly sort by category and do that too.

Having the all in the open aids in WAF and browsing.

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DVD Profiler assigns a number to each DVD and I'm thinking of storing them numerically in hanging DVD folders in some sort of drawer arrangement. Is anyone here doing something similar, if so what brand of folders are you using (Meritline sells several) and what brand of drawers are you using?

Is there a better way than the hanging folders to store a large number of DVD's?

Is there another place I might try to get answers to these questions?

Thank you.

The most space-efficient method to store any standard optical disc (CD/DVD/Blu-ray/HD DVD) is to get rid of the packaging and store them in binder pages like this:

http://www.sleevetown.com/cd-binder-pages.shtml

You can store hundreds of discs in the amount of space normally required by a dozen boxes.

I do this with my many hundreds of CDs, and I know a number of people who do it with other types of optical discs (video game discs, DVDs, though I've yet to see anyone with HDM do this).

The drawback of course, is that you don't get the box art as a visual aid, and in cases where there is no disc art (HD DVD/DVD combo discs, for instance), it can be tough to tell one disc from another, but if organized in some fashion that makes sense to you (alphabetical with tabs works for me), it is by far the fastest way to find and retrieve a disc when your collection is that large.
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I would really like to eliminate all the cases.
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Wow elikhom, I REALLY like that carousel idea! Very cool, unfortunately you can only apparently link 5 of them together, 5X150=750, I'm close that limit now. If anyone knows of a simialr system let me know please. I would really like a system that has unlimited growth potential.

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I use the Readerware suite to organize my books,Audio and Video collections. It uses the upc code to retrieve info from the net and then I can arrange the items however I want. It uses a different program for Books, Audio and Video but it is extensive in it's data collecting. I have my HD media separated (they pick fights with the sd media, don't you know). As you can see for storage I use racks and bookcases. I arrange the movies alphabetically by title. This works for me and my collection now stands at 1099 units, not counting Questionable material. Which is stripped from it's packaging (packaging, burned) and stored in a cd binder. Granted I don't know what I'll do when the collection grows past my ability to store it, probably buy another house once this one is full.
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Wow elikhom, I REALLY like that carousel idea! Very cool, unfortunately you can only apparently link 5 of them together, 5X150=750, I'm close that limit now. If anyone knows of a simialr system let me know please. I would really like a system that has unlimited growth potential.

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Get them in groups of 5 then.

I'd love to get my hands on a Blu Monster's Ball.-LilStinky

Refering to a possible release of said movie on BD LOL
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Wow elikhom, I REALLY like that carousel idea! Very cool, unfortunately you can only apparently link 5 of them together, 5X150=750, I'm close that limit now. If anyone knows of a simialr system let me know please. I would really like a system that has unlimited growth potential.

Thank you.

At the bottom it says that you can hook up 127 units with the use of multiple USB hubs.....


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Two 400 DVD megachangers would get the job done quite nicely. You can even control them with your PC, same benefits as if you ripped them, without even using hard drives.
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thanks johnny, I missed that.

I just got off the phone with the carousel distributor and my only problem now is he says he does not think it is compatible with DVD Profiler and will call me back when he finds out.

I am ceratainly going to pursue this, right now I think it is exactly what I want, also gives me a good reason not to have to lend out my DVD's now.

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DJ79,

I use a HTPC to scale and play back my DVD's.

I thought about using megacahngers for storage and retrieval but I'm not convinced they would be up to the constant opening and closing of the doors to get the DVD's in and out?

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Of course, 2TB worth of hard drives would probably be less expensive and more practical, except for ripping. But once I ripped about 50 DVDs in about a couple of hours using a total of 7 (yes, seven) DVD drives on two desktops and two laptops at the same time.
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You might check out Amazon. They have quite a few reviews for the Ziotek Carousel. One reveiwer claims that the carousel works well with Collectorz Movie Software (which might be worth switching to if you use the carousel).

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Something like this?

http://www.x-tremegeek.com/Templates...roductID=10670

That is cool. $139 hmm.... fits 150 discs hmm ....link 5 together.... hmm

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1,040-Disc Swivel Media Tower - Black

That looks better than my multiple DVD bookcases that take up a wall solution. I would probably buy that now if I had to start over. You could put that anywhere.

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Something like this?

http://www.x-tremegeek.com/Templates...roductID=10670

That is cool but what if the motor seizes up?
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Buy 2 of this if you have the spare cash

http://gizmodo.com/360681/sony-nhs+1...le-homes-smart
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You guys are making too complex a deal out of all this. Here's what I did:

1. Got a girlfriend with a spare bedroom that we store the DVDs in.

B. When I want to watch something, I send her to go fetch it from the room.

3. PROFIT!!!

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You guys are making too complex a deal out of all this. Here's what I did:

1. Got a girlfriend with a spare bedroom that we store the DVDs in.

B. When I want to watch something, I send her to go fetch it from the room.

3. PROFIT!!!


This man is a genius.
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bholliday,

I just learned that DVD Profiler already has a plug-in to make it work with Dacal/Ziotek carousels.
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This looks like an interesting option too, is anyone here using it: http://www.meritline.com/400-capacit...mega-case.html
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Here is how I store up to 1500 movies. I catalog them here:





Then store them here:







If I need more space, just add another stack. I can eject them through the computer or manually. Works great for me. Right now I use six for DVD's, 2 for HDDVD's & 2 for Blu-Ray.

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I bought two 400 disc Sony changers and a pronto and threw out the cases. I love it, I never have to leave the couch to watch a movie. Now if they just came out with a BD changer under $1000 (any profile) I would be in heaven.
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I guess you dont have to organize them in any order inside the Media Carousels do you? what have you done with the cases?

I have organized them by naming each carousel for a specific format & numbered 1-150, 151-300 etc. But it isn't necessary to do that. You could mix them if you want.

I store the cases in large boxes in the basement.

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Dennis,

How long have you been using those Dacal/Ziotek carousel units, have you had any trouble at all with them? What is the best price you have found for the units?

I use DVD Profiler to catalog my DVD's and there is a Profiler plug-in that works with the Dacal/Ziotek carousel units, is anyone here using this?

Thank you.
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I have used the Disc Stakka's for about 1.5 years and had nothing but problems with them due to there design. They are driven by o'ring style belts which stretch with time.

I switched to the ZioTec's during last Xmas. These are driven by gears, no belts. The only problem so far is the periodic problem of XP not recognizing all the USB connections to the hub. Easy fix through the XP hardware manager. Disable then enable. Manually has been no problems period.

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