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post #61 of 67 Old 04-19-2014, 01:10 PM
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+1, and with AnyDVD, there is no need to waste time watching trailers, etc.

For me, the hassle of ripping, tagging, administering a larger server and its backups over many years isn't worth the benefit of immediate access to my whole collection across the house. I do rip all my music (in FLAC), and the few DVDs or Blu Rays I refer to regularly (tests/demo, home movies, etc.).

 

Geez, you guys make it sound so difficult.  Pop the blu ray in, spend 2 minutes selecting which parts you want to keep and where to put it, rip it, and you're done.  I have MB3 as a backend that automatically handles all the metadata type things.  When I run out of space with my current setup (I will, it's just a matter of time), I'll grab a USB3 external raid enclosure for $150 and put some 4TB drives in a raid 5 and be done with it.

 

Backing up isn't hard either, every month (or whenever I've added a lot) I just plug in an external drive and double click a robocopy script.

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Geez, you guys make it sound so difficult.  Pop the blu ray in, spend 2 minutes selecting which parts you want to keep and where to put it, rip it, and you're done. 
I've been thinking the same thing. I've now ripped >1200 movies to the server and most of them I did in the background when I was on the computer doing other things. Easy. I can see people not wanting to do it, but difficult it is not.
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Geez, you guys make it sound so difficult.  Pop the blu ray in, spend 2 minutes selecting which parts you want to keep and where to put it, rip it, and you're done.  I have MB3 as a backend that automatically handles all the metadata type things.  When I run out of space with my current setup (I will, it's just a matter of time), I'll grab a USB3 external raid enclosure for $150 and put some 4TB drives in a raid 5 and be done with it.

Backing up isn't hard either, every month (or whenever I've added a lot) I just plug in an external drive and double click a robocopy script.
I'm literally almost out of room. I'm an idiot and only bought a 1tb drive. I don't really care to start building a NAS (don't like the idea of it running all the time) so I'll just grab maybe a 2tb maybe 3tb drive to add to HTPC. Any thought on how to RAID this additionally drive or would it be best just to assign it another physically drive letter?

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I'm literally almost out of room. I'm an idiot and only bought a 1tb drive. I don't really care to start building a NAS (don't like the idea of it running all the time) so I'll just grab maybe a 2tb maybe 3tb drive to add to HTPC. Any thought on how to RAID this additionally drive or would it be best just to assign it another physically drive letter?

I generally don't assign drive letters. I just mount the drives as folders.
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(don't like the idea of it running all the time)
My server doesn't run all the time. When not being actually used it's asleep.
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Do you have a family?

I like to watch movies on a big front projection screen in a converted bedroom. My wife likes to watch movies on a flat screen in the family room with the dog. The kids on their iPads or laptops in their rooms.

Same movie, on three devices, at three different times. I like subtitles and foreign film (I speak several languages) the rest of the family, "rock'em sock'ems". Nobody puts the disks back on the book shelves. Finding a movie can be a bit of an Easter egg hunt....


I love film and like to expose people to it. So while I may not re-screen a movie for myself I will do it for others.

So yes, I rip Blu Rays.
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I've recently began to rip my blu ray collection to my HTPC. I was having problems getting some Disney movies to play via powerdvd. After I figured out how to rip via DVDFab I was addicted. It is awesome to be able to not have to put the disc in the tray and then deal with previews for a minute. My friends and family think it's the coolest thing to see the collection and the neat interface all via media browser.

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