(26-05-2010 03:16 PM)BlackXcalibur Wrote: To be honest it is far easier to keep the game manual inside the box, and keep the box with your other games. The only way that I think you can possibly lose the manual is if your house is a completely unorganized mess......
Imagine trying to keep 300 game boxes. That's a huge amount of space compared to storing the disks in just one box that is meant to hold 500 disks and all of them are in numbered sleeves.
Now when you need to find a certain game you open up the smart cd catalog program and press the first letter of the name of the game and the program quickly takes you to all games that start with that letter.
You then spot the game you want to play and see that it is in sleeve 267, you open the merax storage box, and pull sleeve 267, when the installer prompts you for a serial number you simply look at the serial number that has been stored in the smart cd catalog program and copy and paste it into the game where it's asking for the serial number.
My way is the ultimate organized solution for those with very large collections of games or other disks that people want to keep organized and able to quickly find what they want.
And, theres nothing stopping a person from also keeping the original game boxes if they want to, in a box in the garage. I did that for the first year, then just pulled all the manual and put the manuals in a box in the garage along with a printout of the disk catalog database with serials so that I've got a hard copy if something should go wrong with the database on the computer which I'm thankful to say has never had any problems in the 4 or more years that I've been doing it this way.
For small collections of 10 to about 50 games, it's not too difficult to store those boxes up on a shelf somewhere, but when your collection goes over 300 it's near impossible to make that kind of room to store them where they can be easily accessed and still in their original boxes In my opinion
Granted storing the 300+ disks away in the "merax" box is not as impressive looking as it would be to put up cabinets on the wall and have all the colorful game boxes out on display to show to friends, but it's a solid leader in quickly finding the game disk you need when you want to play the game you want to play with the least amount of effort and bother. I did the whole cabinet on the wall thing, my GF built me 4 free standing cabinets that are about 5'10 tall by about 3 1/2 to 4 feet wide with about 7 shelfs on them to hold all my games (it was a bit overkill but she was thinking towards the future too) and it was impressive looking to say the least to see all that software, but it was not convenient by any means to try to locate any particular game on a whim to play it. Now those cabinets serve to hold our DVD movie collections instead.