Can you guys explain to me how an external hd works?

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  1. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    So i plug in the external and bam! How do i see whats on the external and whats on my ibooks hd? How do i make sure when i take things off the external and put it on my ibook(songs for instance) that im not going to max out or overload my ibooks hd? Im confused. :confused:
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Doesn't the external HD appear on your desktop (in Finder) as a seperate HD icon (most often under your inernal HD icon, by default called "Macintosh HD")...?
     
  3. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I dont have one yet. I want to know how it all works before i buy one.
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Yes. It will show up under your internal drive (or near it, or wherever you locate it). If there's not enough room to move files, it won't let you. Just like when you put a floppy in (remember those?) Same idea, only 100,000x bigger.
     
  5. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    It will show up as an another HD icon underneath your current one just like Mitthrawnuruodo said. It's simple. And it works just like if you attached an iPod, CD or other disc/network drive/device. Just drag stuff onto it to save to it. It appears in the Finder and in the sidebar by default, so it's easy to see what's on your internal Mac drive and what's on the external.
     

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  6. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is not helping. Can you guys explain from the beginning. Ok so i plug it in....... and so on.
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    In that case, disregard the question mark on my last post... ;)

    When you connect the USB/Firewire HD it will mount automatically and another HD icon will appear on your desktop. (You may have to format it the first time you connect it, if it doesn't appear, easy done using Disk Utility... just remember to format it in FAT if you want to be able to use it on PCs, too...)

    You can double-click the (new) HD icon, and navigate and get info about that HD just the same way as with your internal HD... very easy... You can also rename the external disk to a name distincly different from "Macintosh HD" to avoid any possibility of confusion... ;)

    Edit: Man, I got to learn how to type faster... :eek: :p
     
  8. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok that helps me a little more. Im trying to figure out the real world usability of it. If its practical. Or if its a pain. My brother has a 12 inch ibook as well with a 30 gig hd. The problem is i have about 40 gigs of music that i want to share with him. So we were gonna get an external and put it on there then he could plug it in to his ibook and have the music. Then he could take music on and off the external to the ibook when hes on the road. Do you guys think this sounds practical or like a good idea?
     
  9. Mord macrumors G4

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    you have to place the itunes libary on the external drive, would it not be easyer to just get him a 40GB ipod?
     
  10. AstroManLuca macrumors member

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    No, because iPods don't let you freely transfer music from computer to computer unless you store it in "data" mode (which doesn't let you play back any of the music). Not to mention the price of a 40 GB iPod ($300+) versus a 40 GB external hard drive (which should only cost about $80). In fact, you may as well get an 80 GB external hard drive because right now 80 GB hard drives are only about $5-$10 more than 40 GB ones. Get an 80 GB drive for $60 and a case for $40 and you're set.
     
  11. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    VersionTracker.com

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    Download software that lets you rip from the iPod, use it on multiple computers, play music, etc...

    OR, get the iPod and disable automatic updating and you should be able to play it on iTunes
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Those things don't work well (at least on the pc side) It skips over alot of songs/gives you errors.
     
  13. Mord macrumors G4

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    but the whole point was not to store the music on the computer but on an external HD, i do it with my ipod, when i import cd's i put them into my ibook copy it to my ipod then delete them on my HD, also i go to friends houses and connect my ipod to there pc/mac and take there music.
     
  14. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So its pretty easy to transfer music to and from the external hd to the ibook? Does anyone have this set up? Are you happy with it?
     
  15. Mord macrumors G4

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    whats the point in moveing it to the ibook if it dose not have the space, just play it off the HD/ipod
     
  16. ja0912 macrumors member

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    This is unrelated to the poster's dilemma, but I don't think I would ever recommend ONLY having your music on your iPod. It's easy to lose an iPod, or drop it, or corrupt the HD, or get it stolen... moreso than a computer.

    Then all your music is GONE.

    I was doing it for a while (10Gb HD on my old iBook), but it's not a good idea.
     
  17. Mord macrumors G4

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    depends how likely you are to loose it, i have never had anything stolen from me ever, and it's not like people have not tried, if you were paranoid you could just burn aac cd's.
     
  18. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Because he is mobile with his computer a lot.
     
  19. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    here is how the external works:

    plug it in, it will mount on your desktop
    so as posted before you will have the two hard drive icons, if you want to know about the space on each, in the finder view options or prefs (i cannot remember which) you can have it show the detailed info of items
    once the external is connected you can format it in Disk Utility
    after that is done, you just drag your files on there, and if you want to disconnect it, just click on it, hold and there will be an eject option like with cds

    you can always connect it to another mac if you want, and if you format it in FAT32 you can connect it to PCs

    this can be practical if you need the extra space, and it also allows for a good back up system as well

    for iTunes all you have to do is make sure that iTunes knows that the folder is located on the External, you can do this by setting the path in iTunes prefs
     
  20. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thankyou. My next question was about itunes and you just answered it. :D Thanks again everyone!
     
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  22. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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  24. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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  25. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

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    connect your iPod (with all the songs still on your mac :p) and browse trought the preferences in iTunes it's there, just open your eyes and look to the preferences pane more often before asking questions ;) mostly everything is logically because its a mac not windblows :p
     

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