I was thinking of getting a middle of the road computer for home that just barely fit the bill. Now I am thinking of upping it a bunch to serve as a storage device for all of my DVD’s, CD’s and most importantly, our digital video-8 cassettes (might as well get them into an easy to use format finally). The logic being that for a few hundred dollars more I could backup just about everything I own along the video/audio lines with a 500gig HDD. I’d have the originals in the basement, just in case. And if all goes well, then I’d be able to transfer everything onto newer media as technology progresses and/or add another HDD of the same size. The founding logic of this is that the replacement cost of just 20 DVD’s would equal the cost of a huge HDD that could store 100 DVDs on it. So I’m looking at this as a 20% insurance cost for the future.
So, recommendations and advice are needed. But the goal is to have something that:
A) allows me to copy everything I own fairly easily.
B) can be hooked up to my TV to play
C) Won’t make me wait forever and ever
This is planned on being a large tower box computer, so I should have space for multiple DVDs and HDDs and card readers and ???
RAM should be pretty high, I suspect. Is there any relationship between RAM and speed w.r.t. large HDDs?
There are a couple HDDs I can buy that are around 500gigs, 7200. What are the differences between one large one, or two 250gigs, or ??? I see all types of HDDs offered from IDE to SCII to Cheetah speeds to 8mg to 16mg to the god-box external 1000gig, 15000rpm $1000 HDD. Any help sorting this out for my goal?
Should I have Windows on the same large HDD, or should I get a smaller HDD for daily activities and the big-daddy one just for storage?
The video and sound card - I don’t play games on the computer, but it now seems I will be playing back my CDs & DVDs. What should I go for as a minimum?
What do I need to copy my old video-8 cassettes into my computer? What software is needed? I was planning on using the camcorder itself to play back the video 8s, but is there a separate device that I should consider?
Any differences in DVD burners these days or are they all pretty much the same? Should I have two, one for playing, one for burning?
Any other ideas?