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    Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    So like the title says, do you guys keep your iso files after you install a game, or do you delete it?

    I need some input, as i'm worried i wont be able to find a working download of a bunch of games in my collection if i decide to migrate to a new computer and am pondering should whether or not i should delete the isos/installation files.

    Or is there a way to migrate games that need to be installed without reinstalling them?

    Also wondering if how uploaders here with huge collections keep all those rars on their pc? tons of hard drives ? or do they even play the games they upload?
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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    I keep it, even original one that I bought.

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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    I delete it after installing the game on my PC.

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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    There are games that could be directly copy-pasted into another machine and works and those that requires proper installation...moving the latter without reinstalling them needs you to know how it works, however, as you need to replicate the condition which makes the game work manually...which involves fiddling with registry, if not even more.

    ...and I keep my ISO files in backups...never know if anything would happen...and I prefer having my games installed properly. Download links don't last forever, so you are better off keeping them on hand.
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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    Guess i should start redownload 2 tbs worth of isos lol...and order a couple more 4tb drives thanks

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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    I don't keep the iso but i keep the original archive . The reason is sometime there is useful information in the original archive.

    My way for backup is HDDs. I don't trust online storage. They can disappear one day and all the collections will be gone. Beside, some services may be good but the price isn't cheap at all...

    But the HDDs have its cons: The data may be corrupted because of bad sector... You may want to buy new HDD. I don't mean the old HDD can't be fixed but keeping data in that HDD isn't safe either. And moving data is nightmare... It's good if there is none error. But if there is/are... it's another story .

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    Already lost one HDD...but that's life...

    Getting them all down to DVD takes forever, and even that isn't too safe...
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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    DVD's life time is shorter than HDD. Right?

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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    Quote Originally Posted by moemoe-kyun View Post
    DVD's life time is shorter than HDD. Right?
    HDD lifetime is based on it's condition, the amount of writes and reads and how you take care of it. With that said, it's cheaper than DVDs in the long run.

    On the other hand, DVD's can be easily have its life span shorten with a scratch or accidentally breaking it in half (dropping the HDD replicates similar issues if done frequently).

    So if you're going to constantly access it, go for HDD. Especially if your system can handle 5 HDD or more. And even then, you can store your HDD in a safe, dry area with the factory sealed bag or HDD cover cases to get back to it.
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    Re: Do you guys keep your iso files after installing a game?

    Or purchase a archive FTP account from us with games, CG, doujin, etc from the past 20 years. (~50TB assorted)

    It is pretty stupid to try to re-download several TBs of files again
    1. You won't know if the game is working or not, unless you test every one of them
    2. You won't know if you downloaded the latest (available) version or an older one, or if it has been mislabeled
    3. Are you going to spend the time renaming or organizing your downloaded files?
    4. Are you actually going to play those games?
    5. Do you have redundancy or backup for your harddrive/DVD/Blu-ray discs?
    6. Can you keep track of what you have already downloaded?
    7. What are you going to do with the files out there polluted with Advertisement and/or Password?

    Consider all the trouble, you may as well purchase from DLSite/DMM whenever you want a game, it will be cheaper than all the time and equipment you put in
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