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by alan3b / July 5, 2010 11:06 PM PDT

i need to clean off my hard drive to improve performance of my computer. last time i did this was 2007. my problem is i have a lot of music files i don't want to lose. what would be the best solution to save these music files? thanks for your help. alan.

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What is best ?
by Papa Echo / July 5, 2010 11:20 PM PDT
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Copy them unto DVDs...DL if you like. Create them as data DVDs. Make more than one copy. Test to see if they are OK. Now, you have backups. Some would insist that you need a backup program. Your choice.

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re: storage
by alan3b / July 6, 2010 12:12 AM PDT
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i have a cd burner not a dvd burner. any other ideas? too many music files to burn on cd's. only thing i have been able to think of is online hard drive. if i did this which online hard drive would be best to put hundreds of music files on? p.s. i have a dell dimension 2400 windows xp.

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You might not agree, but...
by ahtoi / July 6, 2010 1:38 AM PDT
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I think dvd discs is your best solution. You know what the others are also; another harddrive, external harddrive, online storage, etc.

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by alan3b / July 6, 2010 3:19 AM PDT

if i had a dvd burner i might consider it, but i don't. how many songs would a dvd hold? approx? seeing as how i have hundreds on my computer. thanks, alan.

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(NT) How big is a song (MB's)?
by Bob__B / July 6, 2010 5:15 AM PDT
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Re: size of music file
by Kees Bakker / July 6, 2010 5:20 AM PDT
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Easy to see, of course, in the detail view of Windows Explorer. For wma, or mp3 (depending on the quality) or aac it's about 1 MB a minute. So it's 700 minutes (nearly 12 hours) on a CD and 4700 minutes (nearly 80 hours) of music on a DVD.
With the song being 3 to 4 minutes, that's 200 songs on a CD and 1200 songs on a DVD.

Even 'hundreds' would only be a few CD's.


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by ahtoi / July 6, 2010 5:39 AM PDT
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Dvd writer cost about $30, 100 dvd discs cost $10-20; each disc holds about 4.3GB. So how many songs it will hold depends on the file size of each song.
Ok, do this; highlight 20 songs then right mouse click on it, now click on "properties", how many MB are there?

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Don't have ?
by Papa Echo / July 6, 2010 8:43 AM PDT
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You don't have to be in that situation. External, or Internal,they are very affordable.

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by alan3b / July 8, 2010 6:28 AM PDT
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i was looking at some dvd drives on the one i was looking at was $24.95 approx. and when i went into it said it was $16.95 approx. will any dvd drive fit in my computer? and do i need any special wire/plug etc to hook it up in my computer? i have a dell dimension 2400 windows xp, probably about 5 yrs old. also i have a floppy, a cd drive, and a cd burner drive in my computer, would it be best to take the regular cd drive out? then leave the cd burner and install the dvd burner? sorry for all the questions. just like to learn more and do it my self. thanks, alan.

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