Please help me save my music......

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  1. dave_brogli

    dave_brogli Screenwriter

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    Im gonna be reformatting my hard drive (i think) and I have about 25 CD's on there, mostly music that I ditched the actual cd to cause I dont like to take care of my discs........lol

    anyways is there ANY way to save my music without burning 25 cd-r's
    Any ideas??
    THanks guys[​IMG]
     
  2. Gerald LaFrance

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    Hi get a program that converts your music to MP3. I have " PYRO" there are others out there, you can get about 100-150 songs on 1 disk. as long as your CD burner Reads MP3 format!!

    Or get a DVD burner!! [​IMG]

    theres alot of ways to do it but theres a step in the general direction!! GOOD LUCK!![​IMG]
     
  3. dave_brogli

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    man I wish i had the cash to buy a DVD Burner.. ( how much is the cheapest one these days??)

    Yeah I can burn to MP3 I assume I could probally use my NERO huh?
    Thanks!
     
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    Dave,

    How large is your hard drive? If you have enough space, have you thought about partitioning enough for your music files and moving them over there?

    Depending on what you're willing to spend, there are a lot of options. You could:

    1 - Try the partitioning

    2 - Buy a second hard drive with enough space to backup your music files. Depending on how much space you need, this could be pretty cheap and acually pretty easy to do.

    3 - Buy a new toy (Hard Disk MP3 player). This way you could listen to your music anywhere and be able to put your files back on the hard drive when you're done with the format and reload. Most will play WAV, WMA, MP3,...etc.

    4 - Compress to a non-lossy format and burn to CD-R

    5 - Use a program like Wav-Zip to compress for archival purposes.

    6 - If you have one, Dump your files onto a PVR short term as a non-video file.

    7 - Burn to DVD, May mean a new DVD burner. (Darn)

    8 - Borrow a friend's laptop for temporary storage.

    Some of these options might help you justify buying new toys. [​IMG]
     
  5. dave_brogli

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    I think Im gonna start a new thread entitled "Help me Reformat my Computer" cause 6 months ago when I did it, I screwed up. I have no C drive like normal people have.

    Its now an F drive and it only has 15.9gb I know Im missing another 4.1 or so (think I had a 20 gig) My computers so slow and dumb now It just needs to be started over.
    but thats another topic
     
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    Compress to VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 using the latest Lame and you can cut those 25 CD-R's down quite a bit in number.

    Lossy, but the files will still sound superb (most people can't tell the difference from the original WAV.)

    Of course, this is a one-way process, lossy compression means just that, you can never recreate the actual uncompressed data this way.
     
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    what format are your files in? if they're the actual wav files, i'd just bite the bullet and burn them.

    i would *hate* to think of what i'd be losing by converting to some lossy format.

    of course, if it's already compressed, then do whatever is easiest.
     
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    One could suggest that because you "ditched" the originals, and then might even worse assume this were "ditched" for a profit, that your retaining these copies on your HD is illegal. If you have copies without originals- these aren't backups.

    One might suggest...
     
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    ...always assuming the worst...
     
  10. dave_brogli

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    you know Im sorry but if you want to come over to my house and see how shitty my cd's looked. you would agree with me on what im doing.

    why do people always assume anything you have on your computer is probally illegal.
    [​IMG]
     
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    You could try using FLAC: Free Lossless Audio Compression... it achieves about 60% compression on average.
     
  12. dave_brogli

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    Thank you for all that helped me.

    [​IMG]
     

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