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OH My goodness...

This morning I got a lovely message from my computer informing me that my hard drive is almost full. Holy Shit. I had 40 GB when I got that darn thing. @#%(*#@*$@#*!!! What am I to do? So I'm thinking... most of the drive is being held up by my MP3 files, right? So(theoretically), I could burn them all to CD and delete them... but that would defeat the entire purpose of my orginization... which is to be able to listen to all different kinds of music on one playlist while they are organized by Artist's last name. It took me a long time to get it that way. I like it. I don't want to change that. Which leaves me with another option: Buy more hard drive space. Now, this is a major dilema.... 'cuz I'm trying to figure out if it is actually worth it or not.... I'll see if I can do the math. In some articals that I'm reading, it says that you can fit about 2,600 MP3s on to a 10GB drive...(the equivalent of 200CD. How much would 200 CDs cost me? 200 times the average cost of 1$15 a CD... that's about $3,000. Now, granted, I would never want to buy 200 CDs... I don't even know of that many artists(okay, so maybe I could think of 200 artists... but that's not the point). The question is, would it be worth getting an additional 80GBs of hard drive space for around $150(or less...)??? I don't know. But for now, I have the major project of going through all the files on my computer, compressing some of them, and deleting some of them... and maybe creating some CDs. Just maybe. Does anyone have any suggestions?!?!


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Sep. 16th, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC)
What I did...
I ripped all my CD's to MP3. (Might go back and re-do them in Oog Vorbis iffin I ever feel the urge to.)

If you put your MP3's on a CD, you don't have to give up your nice file structure... of course, unless you used certain programs which stored playlists with absolute path names. Then you're mildly screwed. (Importing a playlist and re-sorting to CD order can be a royal bitch in the ass.)

My suggestion:
Buy yourself a new hard drive. You don't need oodles and oodles of space. I did mine, about $80 for a 40 GB disk. Find some time to sit down in front of your computer and start ripping all your CD's at 192 kbps. Find a program that will rip on insertion, and create nice playlists for each disc. (CDex is a decent choice, though you want to make sure you have it set to create good file names, folders, and playlists.) I'd be happy to show you my setup sometime.

Sep. 16th, 2002 03:17 pm (UTC)
With all those full-length movies and episodes of TV shows, are you sure the majority of your space is used up by MP3s?
Sep. 17th, 2002 05:32 am (UTC)
True. But, the number of quality mp3s I have has increased faster than the number of quality video files. The major problem was that I wasn't going through everything as I aquired it to make sure it wasn't crap. Now I've got just about 5GB free. :-) And I'm not done checking all the video files.
Sep. 17th, 2002 03:43 pm (UTC)
I say just throw the whole stupid computer away and buy cassette tapes. They're much cheaper.
Sep. 17th, 2002 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, shush.... Tapes seems so low quality at this point....
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