Hi All, Please bear with me - I really am quite a tech noob & not that savvy! I plan on getting a Mac Mini HTPC sometime in the future to integrate with a HDTV etc. I currently have a UMBP 17" i7 2.66. I also have a very large collection of SD quality DVD's - (hundreds of them) that are simply taking up too much space. I thought I should begin transferring them to a hard drive slowly so I can slowly get rid of the DVD's. Trouble is, every- time I burn a disc to my UMBP, it takes around 8GB of space! I know that there are some die hard Movie & HTPC folks out there who also have hundreds (if not thousands) of movies on their HTPC & would like to ask, how did you all manage to fit them all in if each takes up so much space? For example, a 2TB HD would be filled up with around 250 movies if I am correct? If one had say 1000 movies, would the only option be to have 4 2TB hard drives? Is there a way to "compress" the data so that one can fit more movies on a HD whilst keeping quality (picture & 5.1 sound) or is that a bad idea? I am just so lost & confused & am wondering how long it would take to transfer so many movies to a hard disk! Also, what sort of hard disks should I buy so that I can use & connect them easily to a future Mac-Mini HTPC? Finally, what does one do about HD/Blu-ray movies as I understand they can take up to anything between 17GB- 30GB for an average movie!! How does one deal with this sort of size & storing on a HD? Any HD would soon get filled up & one would soon have dozens of external HD's to deal with would they not? I feel this is very important as one will have ever increasingly levels of HD/Blu-Ray content. I really wish to move away from "physical' media & wish to store & existing stuff as well as cater for future movies/content so as to streamline everything & make for a easy, integrated, no hassle solution. Once again, very sorry for such novice level of understanding but I am wondering how all you tech experts handle this situation! Many Thanks, Bazzy!