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[filmscanners] Re: How to label CD backups

At 02:02 PM 5/11/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>> What I want to know is a decent labelling and storage regime. At present I
>> resort to yyyymmdd_clientname, and use Extensis Portfolio to catalogue the
>> contents. That bit is fine, it's finding the CD which is a swine - the CD's
>> are always out of sequence (gremlins, I swear) and the one I want is
>> invariably the last one I look at out of hundreds. Jewel cases suck utterly
>> for finding stuff, and binders are even worse... negatives are a cinch in
>> comparison.
>Doesn't Extensis Portfolio tell you what CD a given photo is on?
>If you number your CDs, it should be pretty simple to pick the CD
>with the right number.
>If Extensis Portfolio really can't do that, you should take a serious
>look at IMatch (http://www.photools.com/) which may very well be
>the more powerful image database and handles offline images on CDs
>very well.

I use some rather neat little filing cabinets, each with two drawers that
slide out on the press of a button.

Each drawer holds 60 CD's in protective sleeves that hang from a pair of
rails, just like the suspension files in a conventional office filing cabinet.

Each sleeve is numbered and holds two CD's with a protective barrier
between them, and for access you simply lift the sleeve out.

Keeping them in order is simple, and you don't need to turn over heaps of
discs even if you do mix them up, plus you can write on the top of each
sleeve with a wipe-off marker (no filing system is forever -- what's
indispensable today fills tomorrow's recycle bin...)

Each drawer also includes a numbered sheet on which you can record further
details if you wish -- I scanned one so that I can print replacements when

They're not that expensive (about $AU20 -- may well be cheaper in other
markets), work quite well, are stackable, reasonably dustproof, look much
more attractive than the jewel case racks and, if you buy your blanks on
spindles will actually cost you less than the cheapest jewel cases.

Definitely the best solution I've come across yet.


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