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Storing DVDs

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by karaokeklive, Jul 2, 2001.

  1. karaokeklive

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    As my collection gets bigger storage is an increasing problem. I am now considering keeping the discs in cardboard sleeves (the original cases can go up the loft) and then storing them in a flight case - I think I should be able to get 400 discs into a 100 disc flight case.

    My question:
    Would storing the discs in carboard sleeves have any long term adverse effect on the disc?

    Any ideas
    Thanks
    Clive
     
  2. dUnKle

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    buy a couple of the 200 disc sony players :)
     
  3. stevegreen

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    My life........how many disks have you got???

    Ikea in Wednesbury do some nice storage units but i don't think they do anything for 400 disks, and they are 'display' units for the entire box etc etc

    If you do just store the disks the next thing you need to do is number and index the buggers!!

    Have fun!
    :eek:
     
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    Some cardboard may make tiny little scratches on the surface on dvds, some so small you cant see but small enough for the error detection circuitry to start going overtime hampering performance. Dvds are not a resiliant to performing whilest being scratched as cds do because there is a lot more data in a smaller area.
    If you wear glasses is just like wiping them with paper towels, lots of little scratches start to appear.
    Remember LPs used to come in a paper sleeve inside their cardboard sleeves, do the same with the dvds.
     
  5. Black 5

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    But does anyone know where you can buy the sleeves? Are there sleeves for double dvds? Only asking, as I'm interested in this idea also - point is, when I sorted out the shelves for my cinema I had no idea I would become so addicted and now storage is becoming a pain for me also.
     
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    Thanks for some interesting replies.

    Steve, I have to say that my DVD collecting has become a bit of an obsession. My
    collection is indeed approaching 400 and yes you are correct they do need cataloguing.
    I was fortunate to come across “DVD profiler”. This has to be one of the best DVD
    cataloguing systems around. Should you wish to try it out head towards - http://www.dvdprofiler.com

    I can appreciate the problem with cardboard sleeves - ultimatenyle - so this leaves us,
    me and Black 5, with the problem of finding sleeves that will not have an adverse effect on the DVD surface. null
     
  7. PaulBoy

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    Clive ...
    400! & I thought I was obsessed !!!
    Re your storage problem what about using one (or several in your case) of those neat CD storage cases by Case Logic ? You can get them in about A4 size and they would store about 50-100(?) My wife pointed out to me that one of those would be a good way of taking some DVD's to my sisters on holiday shortly - Anyway sorry if I'm talking b@ll@cks ... Paul :)
     
  8. dUnKle

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    Well I have nearly six hundred and they are stored on shelves
     
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    Sleeves:
    Go to an old record shop/specialist and buy or blag some sleeves, cut them open and then to size - big enough to fold over the dvd.
    A polypocket can be used too, slightly better.
    Then you can can put them in your cardboard.

    Tip:
    On slightly scratched CDs that did not play well or at all, gently rubbing a tiny amont of brasso over the scratched area with a very soft cloth usually worked for me. This takes away the very thin protective plastic layer that gets scratched and causes the problems, allowing the laser to detect the pits and troughs. Doesnt work on big or deep scratches as the actual data will be removed/corrupted. I practiced on the free cds on the cover of magazines b4 i moved onto my own cds that had minor problems. On heavely scratched cds that ont play youve nothing to loose and i managed to get a couple of old favourites playing again!
    It does make the CD more susceptible to scratches in that area of the disc but if you get it playing again then good, also you'll know to treat it with more care.

    HAVE NOT TRIED IT WITH DVDs, but in theory it should work, but there is a lot more data in a relativley smaller area, more grooves, smaller pits and the laser used is of a higher wavelength resulting in a smaller focus area so above method may/maynot work.
    If you have a DVD that is spoiled by scratches though it may be worthwhile trying out - at your own risk. if anyone has let me know.
     
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    Paul
    At the moment that's how I've got them stored but it's such a pain when you want to add a new disc and keep them in alphabetical order. So that's why I thought of putting them into a flight case.
    Re taking your discs on holiday - I use a hard case which holds about 20 discs. Some of the Case Logic holders are fabric, which I'm sure would be OK, but I can say that I feel much safer with them in a hard case.

    Duncan
    I only wish I had the room. My laser disc collection already took up too much space according to her that has to be obeyed.
     
  11. dUnKle

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    Im lucky with my LDs, the 60 or so I have fit just nicely into the TV cabinet !

    Regarding sleeves then nip into your local WH Smith and ask for a big handful of the sleeves they keep there CDs in, if you meet someone as nice as me ( I used to work for them ) you should walk away :)ing
     
  12. Darren_L

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    For my PC CD/CDR/CDRW etc I use a couple of "DiscGears" No problem with scartches

    Have a look at http://www.discgear.com

    I got them at one of these Computer Fairs that are located around the country on Sundays.
     
  13. snubnose33

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    I highly recommend www.boltz.com
    they sell some of the best storage units [be it cd,vhs or dvd] on the planet.
    I ordered the mm-252 and i promptly received it in 5 days.
    They ship via fed-ex and i appear not to have incured any customs charges on it thus far.
    Although apparently fed-ex clear customs for you and invoice you with the bill at a later date.
    That aside i have nothing but praise for Boltz usa who have brilliant customer service -just check out the testimonials made by their satisfied customers.
    They are a bit pricey but hey you get what you pay for and the finish product is quality.
    click the above url and go to the section entitled "multimedia"
    click that and you will be provided with a vast array of dvd racks to choose from.
    The model i chose [mm-252] stores 252 dvds
    on its own and should i wish to expand it i can do just that as expansion kits are readily available.

    Hope this helps ;)
     
  14. LV426

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    How about using CD Jewel-Cases? Either the regular type, or the thinner type typically used for CD-Singles. Places like Maplin sell these. They also sell dual-cd cases the same size as a standard one.

    I do regret that the DVD industry decided to standardise on the Amaray-sized case - it's far too large for the job. The Japanese are much more intelligent (or is it that they have less room?) using, as they do, CD-sized cases for their DVDs.
     
  15. george1138

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    Ill back up the comment on the boltz racks. They take up little space compared to conventional shelving, easily expandable and look great. They are also really easy to assemble even a bad tempered impatient git like me can make one in 10mins :)
     

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