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post #1 of 2 Old 10-03-2013, 02:37 PM - Thread Starter
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Very new to this, so looking for basic advice please.

I'd like to consolidate my various media for easy backup as well as access from my home networked PCs, TV, iPod/iPad, etc. Currently, it is spread over the following:

~about 50 GB of photos and videos (.jpg, .avi, etc.)
~about 400 audio CDs that still need to be ripped
~about 100 movie DVDs
~30 8mm home movie cassettes

I'm looking for the right hardware to handle this, as well as the best software to manage it all (including the ripping). Other than that, I don't know what questions I should even be asking since I'm so new to this. All I know is that I have hundreds of GB of media that are not properly organized or backed-up and a wife ready to throw away the CDs.

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I use iTunes to rip my CD's to my iTunes since I own several iOS devices. I rip them to ALAC, which is Apples Lossless file format. Since you've got a bunch of DVD, I would suggest using MakeMKV, which the ripping tool for DVD is free. 8mm movies, I have no idea Google it, and you should find it.

For movie naming, I would suggest "MOVIE NAME (YEAR)." So, make separate folders, Movies, TV Shows, Home Videos, Music, etc. You get the idea, and have fun since it will be time consuming.

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