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Due to the spatial limitations of DVD, even DVD-9's, I would look into external HDD's, and just Capture the files (if mini-DV tape), and then Copy the DV-AVI's (if SD material) to the external.
I archive much of my video, and also most of my Projects, when done, to a series of 1.5 TB FW-800 externals. Besides offering the higher capacity, the FW-800 connection is fast enough for me to actually edit to/from. I set the drive letter for each in the OS of any computer, where they might be used, and then mark each external with that drive letter. As my workstation has a lot of HDD's and multi-drives, I just started with Z:\, and worked backward.
The DV-AVI is very slightly compressed, but is still ~ 13GB / hour of runtime - obviously larger, than even a DVD-9. If you want to go to optical media, then I would suggest going with BD-Data, and using a program, like the free ImgBurn to do the actual burning. Note: it will not allow multi-session, so you would Capture the tapes, then arrange the files into folders, for the approximate capacity of the BD, before beginning a burn.
I am assuming that FW-800 is a firewire connection? I have an HP Z200 workstation and an external drive enclosure. I have been using 80GB 7200rpm SATA drives in this enclosure to back up photos and files. The drive enclosure has an eSATA plug and the cable adapts to a USB plug to plug into the USB port on my workstation.
Is a 7200rpm drive and a USB connection fast enough to edit to/from? My workstation does not have firewire or an eSATA connection, as far as I can tell.