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How do you guys manage your music?
« on: 15 Mar 2011, 18:55 »

As my music collection approaches a size too big for my hard drive to handle, I have to ask (since I'm sure there are some other people on the forum with massive music folders)--what do you guys do to store all your music? I'm considering an external hard drive, but I don't want to have to plug it in whenever I want to listen to stuff. What would the best approach be to storing massive amounts of music?
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #1 on: 15 Mar 2011, 18:56 »

I have a external hard drive which I keep plugged in all the time.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #2 on: 15 Mar 2011, 19:11 »

Shelves.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #3 on: 15 Mar 2011, 19:37 »

A combination of shelves (for all of the non-digital music) and external hard drives (a Thermaltake BlackX dual-HD setup).  The external hard drives are used essentially for backup.  I have 124.2 GBytes of music on my regular hard drive (including paid-for .zip and .rar files which were downloaded from various sites).  However, most of the files are .flac files which I ripped from CDs which I own.  The external hard drive is usually off, although I sometimes leave it on. 

The idea behind backing them up on an external hard drive is so that I do not have to rip them all again whenever I install a new version of an operating system (usually every six to twelve months).  However, all of the .zip and .rar archives files are also backed up on DVDs, so that they don't get lost in case of a hard drive failure.  I update a folder named "NewMusic_{date}" on the external hard drive every couple of months, so the backup is kept pretty much up to date.  

If it ever comes to not having enough space on my internal hard drive, I would probably just keep the music that I listen to most of the time on the internal hard drive, and copy any other music onto my internal hard drive if I wanted to listen to it.  

Also, music that I listen to frequently is put into "play lists", and these are also backed up.  By "play lists" I mean that I copy the actual files into a "play list" folder and then save those folders.  Then those songs are put into actual playlists for Amorak, or whatever other audio players.  

This sounds pretty complicated, but I don't find it so, and I have been using this system for a couple of years now.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #4 on: 15 Mar 2011, 19:48 »

Shelves / hard drive.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #5 on: 15 Mar 2011, 22:56 »

I have a external hard drive which I keep plugged in all the time.

Same. I've had this one for quite a while, though...I should probably get a new one in case it dies or something. Pretty sure Seagates have a good lifespan, but still.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #6 on: 16 Mar 2011, 12:06 »

My Music files have already outgrown my lowly 40gb laptop hard drive (happened about 3 years ago) so I started moving them all to the external HDD I already had. I bought a new Western Digital 1tb HDD about a year ago and now I use that. It gets knocked over and dropped regularly and still the only problem I have is that the flimsy wires disconnect more often than anything else.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #7 on: 16 Mar 2011, 12:19 »

I store most of my records in a bin.

But the bin's filling up quick. I need to get some shelving, and maybe only store 7"s in the bin. I keep digital right on my laptop, and back it up on a 500gb XHD, which will be replaced soon by a 1.5TB one (Britcoms, man, they take up some space)
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #8 on: 16 Mar 2011, 12:23 »

I keep all of my music stored in servers somewhere in Sweden.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #9 on: 16 Mar 2011, 15:10 »

I store most of my records in a bin.

But the bin's filling up quick. I need to get some shelving, and maybe only store 7"s in the bin. I keep digital right on my laptop, and back it up on a 500gb XHD, which will be replaced soon by a 1.5TB one (Britcoms, man, they take up some space)

I need to get something like this, cause I really have no room for more shelving and the one shelf I used for my records is almost filled up at this point. Do you mean bins or crates? I find crates are the best, but I don't get where/how people get this.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #10 on: 18 Mar 2011, 07:43 »

I can't really keep a stack of crates in my room.
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
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Re: How do you guys manage your music?
« Reply #12 on: 18 Mar 2011, 14:35 »

Shamefully enough I use Spotify for all my music, even though that means missing a lot of great records. It's just really convenient.
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