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Twelve Days of Anime: Day III – I’ve got Folders in Folders in Folders


vlcsnap-2012-12-16-23h33m46s33I’m a little bit of a neat freak when it comes to my computer. I run virus scans, disk cleanups and defrags on a fairly regular basis. Hell, I even do a physical wipe of my hard drive every month or so. It goes without saying that I’m meticulous about my anime organization.

Watching anime use to be a lot simpler for me–download, watch, delete(or even stream). I’ve been watching and saving a lot more anime lately though so things have changed a little. Following 5-6 shows shouldn’t usually clutter your computer up very much, but now that I’m blogging, I like to keep everything on hand so I can go back and reference the show, take screen captures, etc.

I’m sure we all have our own little systems; here’s mine.

Computer/HDD1 (Q:)/

Computer/HDD1 (Q:)/

I never used to use that much memory so my second hard drive had always been underutilized, but not anymore.

  • Archived – the best anime at the best quality
  • Current – anything I’m watching at the moment (not necessarily currently airing)
  • Pre-Archive – anime that will be archived as soon as I find a better quality version
  • Torrents – any torrents I’m seeding
  • Waitlisted – anime that I’m planning on watching
Computer/HDD1 (Q:)/Current/

Computer/HDD1 (Q:)/Current/

This is my current folder. This includes everything I’m watching right now except Code:Breaker. Why? If you have to ask, you obviously aren’t watching it.


Computer/HDD1 (Q:)/Current/#Watch/

I think the name is pretty self-explanatory. This folder has become absolutely terrifying in the past few weeks. I’d like to note that there are usually 3-4 files in this folder at a time. As you can see, I’m now at 24. I’ll hopefully be able to work through all of this and a bit of my waitlist during winter break.

Is this in anyway similar to how you guys do things? Or is this coming at you out of left field?


As long as we’re on the subject, I’ve actually been thinking about transferring my archived anime over to DVDs. I’d probably get some nice labels for them too, and I figured it would cost me around $70 to do everything. Does anybody have experience with stuff like that? It’s a high enough cost to where I want at least a second opinion.

On a site note, the post for today might be a bit sparse, but I have an exam tomorrow morning so I think that’s a decent excuse. I also have a flight tomorrow afternoon so my Day IV post might be a bit late. I hope you can forgive me for my transgression of this most holy tradition.



12 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Anime: Day III – I’ve got Folders in Folders in Folders

  1. I’m still in that transition phase where I’m still downloading enough anime to make a sizable archive yet streaming the shows that I’m still iffy about.

    I also have a much different method of organization, and it’s a bit less graceful than the setup you have, but given how little I seem to be downloading I think it’s fine.

    • I never had to worry about it until one day I got a “not enough space” error message during a download. Funny thing is that, due to a computer warranty replacement error, Dell owed me a hard drive. I had ignored the mistake up to that point because I never thought I would need it, and dealing with Dell tech support is pretty awful. I wonder what the repairman would have said if I had told him it was all because of anime storage…

  2. I have to admit I still stream all of mine. Awkward… haha
    On another note, I don’t think you could’ve chosen better pictures for this post. Kudos to you!

    • Streaming anime isn’t necessarily bad, but you have to find the right site. I watched a lot of “great” anime with crappy video quality and awful subs so I wonder if that changed my impression of them in any significant way. Two that come to mind off the top of my head are Nodame Cantabile and Clannad, both of which I really enjoyed. The problem was that I couldn’t find any quality streams so I ended up resigning myself to sub-par ones.

      • I haven’t yet encountered this problem for “good” shows, but I know for some subpar ones the subs have been pretty bad. I’m sure one day I’ll start torrenting when I finally decide to invest in another hard drive or two.

  3. I have three hard drives of anime at the moment… in each, I have an unwatched folder, a watched folder, and an archive folder. My unwatched folder has subfolders for each series (if there is more than three or four episodes remaining). I go through every six months or so and move the watched folder to the archive folder. I probably have hundreds of series in my unwatched folders at the moment… My most recent hard drive only has ten or so though.

  4. I have a HDD for storing my anime (and quite some DVDs). I didn’t arrange them by “New”, “Old” or anything like that, I just open a folder, type the name of the anime, and just dump all respective episodes and seasons in it, I think it’s actually easier to find an anime like that.

    As the ones in my internal HDD though, it’s insanely messy, especially in my torrent folder, all the new anime from the new season are all over the place. Good thing Windows 7’s search function is especially lightweight and handy.

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