There is a learning curve, I think I ripped all my CD maybe four times before I settled on FLAC and lossless mp3. That would be some 64,000 songs. If I put in 12-14 hour days I can rip all my CDs in less than a week, I have two quick PCs with 3 optical drives each. When I start a ripping project I start by ordering (6) new optical drives because even if they are good when I start the project they will be shot at the end of the project. When I get errors on several rips often a fresh optical drive will make all the problems go away.
First time I ripped to mid quality mp3 files, not up to standards. The second to the last time I was careless entering metadata. If you care about things like year of issue and composer one needs to be meticulous about the meta data during the ripping process. I learned to be organized and disciplined about genera, it seems trivial but that is how my collection is organized, having one recording artist's work in 3-4 different genera does not help.
That is the reason folks advise new guys to know what they are doing and have a well thought out plan before they start. Take your time, don't rush, you will get the quality of project you put into it.
I have some 20,000 movies on my server, every week I find a title I neglected to include the subtitles, I simply go back, find the DVD and re-rip the DVD.
I've never lost all my music and movies but I keep them on two different sets of PC hard drives, and two different NAS that mirror each other. All in all I have at least 4 copies of everything.
And someone already mentioned, archive the original performance, not some correction, neither up sampled nor down sampled. If you correct every rip for room correction, when you listen in a different room all that work is wasted. Always correct at listening time.
Last edited by Timothy Wright; 06-10-2017 at 11:35 AM.