I'm curious how everyone with a large movie collection organizes their files on their computer. So far I'm up to 12 TB of Movies and the same methods I used to use are no longer working for me.
While transferring my first 1,000 movies (which were some DVD and most BluRay) I separated the movies into distinct categories. I did this because I didn't like the way MediaBrowser's "genre" breakdown worked. Metadata scarpers are notorious for adding useless genres that don't fit to the movie and with other movies certain genres that fit that movie are excluded. It ticked me off to no end since adult movies weren't being filtered out of the "family" genre. So I reorganized my entire collection, only around 500 movies at the time, into genres and added the categories in MediaBrowser.
It went something like this: D:/Movies/Comedy/Friday(1995) and D:/Movies/Kids/Cars(2006) and so on. I categorized on my drives in folders of Horror, comedies, kids, war, documentary, foreign, rom-coms, and box sets. In MediaBrowser I added the categories to the home screen and you could easily select your favorite genre. I also included a separate folder and category for NEW RELEASES which always had around 30 new and recent movies that hadn't been transferred yet. My wife loved this category and said it reminded her of browsing the New Release isle at Blockbuster.
Well a few years later and many hard drives later my category system is quickly becoming inefficient. To start I made the move to XBMC and I can no longer separate by genre, something I wasn't too happy with, but the faster interface and ease of XBMC made the switch necessary. I still kept my movies separated just in case, but now I have some genres that spill over onto a second drive because there are so many.
I have been contemplating just having a massive folder with hundreds of movies in it and just letting the XBMC handle the organizing, but I still hate the way genres are separated. Does the community have a way that they organize their files? Looking for some creative ideas, or maybe I'm just over thinking it.