It’s important to back-up your movie library because misfortune does happen. I have terabytes of movies in my own, personal film library and that means thousands upon thousands of movies. I’ve had some scary, to be honest, terrifying, experiences where a very large chunk of those movies were nearly lost. That’s when I made one of the best decisions of my life and I decided to make a completely protected vault of films. By that I mean a stand alone series of hard drives that are not connected to the internet, wifi or anything else. In fact, those drives are only ever accessed via my one, Harem Cinema laptop and never by any other personal computer, laptop, phone or any other device. By keeping my movie vault isolated, I keep it from experiencing any accidents such as viruses, etc. My movies are precious to me and they deserve that type of protection.
Pirates! To be clear I am definitely NOT talking about pirating movies. What I am preaching is that, if you have movies that you can legally copy for the purposes of keeping them safe, then you really want to think about doing it. Here are the two resources that I use to back-up my own films and can recommend them from years of experience. If you have your own advice, please share your thoughts in the comments section below so that we can all benefit from our fellow movie fan’s experience-based advice.
Wondershare UniConverter is the software that I use to legally make copies of my movie files. I know several people that have now been using it for more than five years and still love it. It is pretty simple to use and is reliable. I earn nothing from you using or purchasing this software, but I do care about your movies being safe so I am recommending it to you all. If anyone out there has another software solution that they like to use, please share it in the comments section below.
Portable External Hard Drive
I store the ‘hard copy’ of my movie library on several of these little gems, the WD 2TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive. It’s a mouthful to say but it will give you a soothing peace of mind knowing that your treasured memories are safely backed-up on this box. I have quite a few other drives of different makes and models that I also use but this one is my clear favorite. Personally I use the 4TB model but you can also get this in a 1 TB if you prefer. It is fast, reliable and requires no external power source other than being plugged directly into your computer’s USB port. (Full disclosure is that I will earn a tiny commission if you use the button below to buy one or more of these hard drives. It’s not a fortune, or even very much money, but every little bit helps us keep us hosting the Movie Nights that you, our fans, love.)