120-Disc Acrylic Storage Box
Sleek and beautiful way to store photo CDs
Compact discs are nothing if not compact. They're a great way to store digital information -- like digital images -- in a small space without using hard drive memory.
It's the envelopes and jewel cases I can do without.
Over the years, I've collected about a dozen CDs burned with photos, but I've seen collections with hundreds of CDs. Back in the days of film, some developers offered CDs along with the prints. Nowadays, those CDs are probably more valuable than the prints for people interested in making digital photo books (I still contend, though, that a print is longer lasting than any digital storage, whether the print is the photo or the photo book).
If you have a lot of photo CDs to organize, begin by separating the CDs from the prints. Organize your photo CDs like your photos -- either in themes or chronologically.
I chose HIPCE's transparent CD box with hanging sleeves to store my photo CDs in a consistent manner. This one stores 120 CDs, and I'm using it for DVDs and music CDs, too. It provides a rainbow of transparent sleeves (so I can see the face of the disc), a place for labeling and a box cover to keep out dust. I was able to dump a whole pile of hodge-podge envelopes and jewel cases (including the torn cover from "The Best of Cher," alas), streamlining my collection considerably.
If you have hundreds of CDs, you might want to create an archive file. Simply number the CDs (the HIPCE sleeves are already numbered), and type up a list of numbered CDs with descriptions. That way, you can do a search of the list to find, say, photos from "summer 1997" or "Mary's graduation," then locate the corresponding numbered CD.
March 21, 2014
Works like a charm
I use these cd holders to organize my embossing folders for scrap booking and card making. They fit perfectly in the plastic sleeves, and the ones I want can easily be found.
October 25, 2013
Great Storage Boxes
I purchased these to store my music CD's. It's easy to slide the CD's into the sleeves without removing the sleeves from the box, which made the whole process fast and easy.
I was unable to fit 120 CD's into the box-- although there were sufficient sleeves, the box fills up before the sleeves run out. I'm guessing I was able to fit approximately 100 CD's in each box. You may want to only insert 90 or so if you want room to flip through the CD's and find a particular disc. The only reason to buy additional sleeves is if you want certain CD's color coded.
It's easy to see the disc through the sleeve, which is nice when you're flipping through to find a disc. This also means you don't have to remove sleeves or discs in order to find the one you're looking for. However, when you place the box on a shelf, you can see the front of the first CD in the first sleeve. I would have preferred a more uniform look.
Overall, great product.
August 26, 2010
Save TONS of room
I filled 4 of these and need to buy 2 more. It is so convenient to have the movies in the cabinet under the TV. I used the labeling system that comes with the box and ended up changing to an excel spreadsheet. I can sort by actor, title, etc. I labeled each box 1, 2... In the spread sheet the reference would be: 4-31 for box 4, sleeve 31. I chose not to keep the movie sleeve, I rarely ever reference the box. With my smartphone I can go to IMDB and find out all the info I need about the move, and then some.
May 20, 2014