Originally Posted by EricN
Storage is a pittance compared to the cost of the content. At $20 per BluRay and 45GB per rip, that's $27,000 worth of data in your Norco. If you are transcoding or ripping dvds, it'll hold $50K-$100K of content.
What I don't understand is:
1) What are you storing that costs less than the storage itself?
2) If it is worth so little, why are you bothering to store it?
You make some good points but I think you are short sighted or off the mark just a bit.
At least in my scenario I don't have $100k worth of media. Now I've been collecting movies and music since long before I joined this forum ( <- join date ) and being into home theater, and audio video it's pretty hard to avoid building large media collections as the two are directly related to each other it seems but no way I have spent that much. It scares the crap out of me to think how much I really have spent over the years, but I know it's not that much.
Your scenario is not that realistic IMO.
I think most BR rips are probably closer to 25GB as an average. The only super huge ones I have are the high frame rate stuff from Peter Jackson or James Cameron like Avatar or The Hobbit type stuff. Most movies are smaller than 45GB as MKV's.
Probably only half my 42TB is media. The other half is other stuff. As a whole my media collection takes up the most space, but all my other stuff takes up considerable space. I have:
-Home movies, wedding videos etc.
-Pictures (wife literally has hundreds of thousands she takes pics like crazy )
-software and programs
- music collection
stuff like that ^ I think is pretty normal. Now none of those categories is as big as my media collection is individually but all of them together could rival my digital media collection for size or space needed. In today's digital world a few hundred GB is not going to get it all done.
Not all my media has a high cost to it. My DVD collection is extensive but it was paid for a decade ago, and I have lots of TV shows that I got from my cable subscription or free OTA broadcasts. This is probably 10TB of my stuff right there. I have 8TB of TV shows dating back more than a few years. I paid for it, but not $25 a BR disc type cost. I'd also be lying if I did not admit to copying or "borrowing" some of my brother's collection or my parents collection. We basically all share in this regard.
I have a lot of duplicates. Some of my stuff I have as ISO and MKV-- ISO in case I want to playback the entire disc or access the menu or special features, MKV for the normal movie only collection. I also have some 3D and non 3D as well- so the same movie might be on my server multiple ways. I manage this mostly with different user accounts. I find that I require ISO playback with powerDVD13 or 3D playback much less frequently so those two libraries are not included in my normal user account library- and only show in the admin library. That's the best way I could figure out how to manage it and not have the duplicates show all the time unless I wanted them to.
So assuming I have 42TB of space- and average movies is only 25GB, and only half my storage is media, and some of my media is on twice, and I have about 8TB of TV shows of that media - I definitely do not have $100k of media. But I am probably still spent to much
There is some dudes on here on AVS that have serious media collections. I mean serious
I'm not even in the same league as some folks around here. I'm probably a movie a week kind of guy. Some more on holidays.
Originally Posted by mcturkey
Enough storage is equal to double whatever you think is enough at any given time. 30TB might seem like enough right now, but a few months down the road you'll have mysteriously run out of space and need another batch of hard drives. Happens every freaking time.