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Old 09-10-05, 02:38 PM
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How do you back up a huge amount of mp3's?

I have over 6000 mp3's that I would like to back up on as few cd-r's as possible... is it possible? I tried a little while ago and all I could get so far is about 360 of them on 3 discs using Musicmatch and burning as data discs. Is there a program or a way to maybe compress the mp3's to use fewer discs? Thanks
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No. They don't compress.

I recommend using the original CDs that you ripped these MP3s from as the backup.

Or get an external hard drive.
Or get a dvd burner.
Or get an iPod or similar that they'll all fit on that can also serve as a backup.



PS. 6000 isn't a huge amount of mp3s.
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Old 09-10-05, 05:15 PM
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Re-ripping 100's of CD's is enough of a pain that I don't really consider them a "backup" so much as a last resort.

At this point, the best backup device for a large amount of data is probably an external HD.
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Why not burn them to a DVD?
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Burn to DVD as data.
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Old 09-10-05, 06:14 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions of burning my mp3's to DVD. As of right now I don't have a DVD burner, but after I posted this thread I did a little Google research and decided to purchase a DVD burner from newegg.com... thanks for the replies.
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yep
dvd burners are dirt cheap anymore
and the media has come WAY down
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Old 09-10-05, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by boss429
I did a little Google research and decided to purchase a DVD burner from newegg.com...
I hope you settled on the NEC 3540A
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Old 09-10-05, 06:48 PM
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I've thought about this as well. I have about 4,000 MP3s, but 99% of them were ripped from my own CDs and I think I can redownload the ones from eMusic so I'm not going to worry with a backup. That said, ripping them all again will suck.
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I have most of mine ripped to multiple CDs. One day I might end up doing a DVD disc or two.
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I store my CD music in original .wav form and used to backup to a hard drive. Then I figured the files didn't change, they just got more files added.

So I backed it all up to DVDs. If the drive dies it'll be much easier just copying the DVDs to a new drive than ripping them again.
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Old 09-11-05, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty
I hope you settled on the NEC 3540A
I sure did... seemed like a sweet deal. Do you have this drive? Now another question... what's the best media to use, DVD-R or DVD+R?
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I sure did... seemed like a sweet deal. Do you have this drive? Now another question... what's the best media to use, DVD-R or DVD+R?
For what you're doing, I'd just buy whichever is cheaper, gives fewer coasters, and lasts the longest.
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DVD or a bunch of CDs.

I have mine on an external HD (only 20GB HD in my laptop) and like 16 cd-rs of back ups.

When I get a new computer I'll put them on the HD, keep them on the External and burn them to DVDs.

Anything to have to keep from re-ripping.
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Originally Posted by boss429
I sure did... seemed like a sweet deal. Do you have this drive? Now another question... what's the best media to use, DVD-R or DVD+R?
I have the model that came out right before it, but they're largely the same drive. For backing up data, either DVD-R or +R will work fine. My personal preference is for media manufactured by Taiyo Yuden. You can find it branded as Fuji (as long as it's marked Made in Japan). You can also buy unbranded Taiyo Yuden for a decent price at www.meritline.com. (I buy the TY 4X, because it's a lot cheaper and the NEC burner burns it at 8X. I think Meritline has it on sale right now for about $26 for a spindle of 100.)
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Old 09-11-05, 06:09 PM
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lol. very true - i remember that day when i thought "i wish i cold just save these mp3's to a dvd" when i was backing them up on cd-r's - now with a mp3 collection over 80 GB - using dvd's seems like such a hassle!
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