Friday, December 24, 2010

Storing Jdoramas 2

After about 2 weeks plus of constant copying dvds and cds to HDD, I think I've managed to transfer most of what I have. Most of my ~10 year old cds actually still work, which is surprising. The most problems I've had would be from dvds burnt 3-5 years ago when I was using some cheap blank dvds. So the lesson here is never go for cheap media. The minor savings will not save you from heartache down the line.

As can be seen from the screenshots, I have a lot of missing episodes here and there. Most doramas can be found on megaupload. I highly recommend am-addiction forums. The main site may not have been updated in ages but the forum is awesome and they've even got some old jdoramas I've not heard of. Currently getting the first season of The Quiz Show which someone mentioned was pretty good. The show was hardsubbed and never released on d-addicts so d-addicts doesn't have everything.

As mentioned in my previous post, the one heartbreak for me is losing half of Oishii Kankei. I managed to find the disc with eps 10 and 11 on it but it was unreadable. The search for eps 4-9 continues though I've probably gone through all my stuff at least twice. Still can't find any direct download link so my only way is to either trade or copy it off streaming sites. I just bought a usb to IDE cable on the off chance that Oishii Kankei might be on one of my old hds. XP can detect the usb device but disk management can't see the hd. Hopefully I can sort that problem out soon.

I've only got 290 gigs free now which doesn't leave much room for future storage. The average size per non HD episode is now 450-550. Lets make it 500. Average episode length is 10 so one series takes about 5gigs. I could fit up to 58 more series. Doesn't sound too bad I guess. Plus I can always trim the shows that I want to keep on HD. Hopefully the remaining 290 gigs should last for at least a year, jdorama-wise.

The 3TB HDD just came out but its currently selling at $309 which is triple the price for 50% extra capacity. Hopefully it can get close to $100 by end of next year. If I'm not mistaken, XP doesn't support more than 2TB and I would have to downgrade to Windows 7's stupid interface. Gaaah. I just bought a 2TB Hitachi for $135 today as my secondary jdorama storage. Its supposed to be the best brand for HDD and its $35 more expensive than every other brand.  I'm willing to pay more to reduce the chances of me having two dead HDDs one day and regretting the day I threw all my dvds out.

I'm not going to get rid of my dvds yet though I'm going to dump all my cds. So jdorama plan is now going to be two HDDs and to 1 copy of any show that I like. I started thinking about Blue Ray burning. You can get an LG burner for $105 and 25 Riteck Blue Rays that can hold 25 gigs for $59. That's $0.094 per gig and then you compare to say a 2TB Samsung HDD at $96, that's $0.048 per gig. Double the cost and not to mention the wait time when burning. Of course, its impossible that all your Blue Rays will go kaput while there's always a fear your HDD will die one day. After I sort out my jdoramas, its time for my jmovies and I'm not looking forward to it. I've got so many movies still on cds and its going to be heartbreaking.


keiko1981 said...

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you Mike.
I'm looking forward to the day there is a 10 or even 100TB HD available.

puupaa said...

Here's my Christmas present to you Mike, you can download Oishii Kankei from here (they use megaupload-links). You have to be a livejournal member, but that's just a quick formality.

keiko1981 said...

I've got all episodes of Love & Eros stored. Let me know if you'd like to have some episodes seeded.
A Jmovie review suggestion, "Dear Friends" (2007)
with Kitagawa Keiko and Motokariya Yuika.

Anonymous said...

How often to you go back and watch these? I think you are nuts, but in a nice way. I have trouble watching the old stuff because HD looks so good.

maiku said...

puupaa beat me to it. Post if you have trouble getting to the links. Oishii Kankei appears to be alive.

Akiramike said...

Thanks puupa! I joined that livejournal a long time ago but forgot about it. That shows you how effective searching 'Oishii Kankei megaupload' and using megaupload search is.

Thanks Keiko, no hurry to complete Love & Eros atm. Can't even remember what the show was about. I'm currently filling in my missing shows and doramas I stumbled upon when I was searching for Oishii Kankei. I've watched Dear Friends as well.

A lot of classic doramas are very rewatchable. I rewatched Iryu 1+2 before 3 came out and I've rewatched GTO, KDO and Kintaro multiple times. The fact that most jdoramas are crap makes rewatching all the more enticing.

And Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

If you still need oishii kankei let me know, I'm edincoat (at) (or as I put on my original comment that got eaten, september_rain at fastmail dot fm).

Catch is, I'll have to send it by post because I can't download/upload like I used to. Also have a lot of other dramas pre-early September 2007.