Re: Storing raw tystreams
I've been storing tystreams as well as split and processed (i.e. patched & imported in SpruceUp with PRV files) on DVDs as DVD isos. I occasionally miss an episode of shows that I'm archiving and I like to keep them in a specific order when I burn them to DVD. I use episode guides culled from the net as a checklist to see which ones I already have and which ones I'm missing. If I miss an episode that is intended to be included on a DVD with other episodes, I copy the episodes I already have to DVD-RW and wait until the missing episode is rebroadcast. When it is, I can simply copy the episode back to my hard drive for authoring to DVD. It seems that storing the raw tystreams works better than the processed files. I've had problems importing files back into SpruceUp and ended up repatching and processing them again. Its probably just a matter of changing permissions on some of the files. I don't think the PRV files are being recognized after being restored to the PC.
Note that the permissions have to be changed because once you burn a file to DVD it automatically becomes read-only. Just right-click and change the properties and you're good to go. I've had to do this a lot with Seinfeld episodes lately because they've been broadcasting them all out of sequence for some reason. They used to broadcast them in numerical order by episode number but now they seem to be jumping all over the place. My PC hard drive is limited to about 50GB of working space for extracting and processing tystreams. When the drive starts filling up and I see that there are holes in the continuity of episodes I have to start off-loading the tystreams to DVD until needed.
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