Over the years, you’ve probably acquired a pretty decent collection of software. There are the software restore disks that came with your new computer, the operating system upgrade you purchased a year later, the word processor you used to use, the word processor you currently use, etc. It isn’t uncommon to have 50 or more CDs from different pieces of software.
For most people, these CDs are all stuck in a drawer somewhere. This is fine, but as the number of CDs grows, you’ll eventually need to stash the incoming disks somewhere else and it is easy to lose track of where everything is kept. Worse, the packaging is different for each piece of software, so they don’t really fit well in just a desk drawer.
Here is my solution. I went out and bought a CD holder like what you would keep in your car. It holds nearly 100 CDs and has a little external folder that I can use to carry around CDs if I don’t need the entire folder.
I take each CD out of the original packaging and put it in the CD folder. This saves a lot of space and means I can go to one place to locate any piece of software I need.
Important: Most software comes with a key code. Without the keycode you cannot install the software. You must record the keycode before you throw away the extra CD packaging. I like to write the code directly on the disk using a sharpie. Just make sure you have something that will permanently write on the CD before you throw away the code. (I also keep a backup of the code in a file, just in case).