External Hard Drive for iTunes - Thunderbolt or USB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by VaatiKaiba, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I've almost filled my iMac's hard drive, and so I'm looking at getting an external drive to house my iTunes library. I'm thinking of getting a 3TB drive. The only Thunderbolt drive I can find is a LaCie one that's over twice the price of a comparable USB (2.0 - my Mac doesn't have 3.0) drive.

    Is it worth, for iTunes in particular, getting a Thunderbolt drive given the extra cost? I have an Apple TV as well, if that makes any difference (would streaming be slowed down?). Or would I be ok to get a USB drive (and perhaps another one for backing up!)?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. macrumors G5

    gnasher729

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    USB 2.0 will read / write data at about 34 MB per second. Reading an average music file of 4 minutes / 256kbit/sec takes a quarter second. Reading a 2 GB video file takes a minute. For video playback, that's no problem at all. Look at it like that: For the same money, you get one Thunderbolt drive, or a USB drive plus a backup drive. If your original drive goes bad, the backup drive saves you 100 times the time the Thunderbolt drive could ever save you.
     
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    FireWire2

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    Get this box, then you no longer need an external, just pop-in ANY SATA drive and ready to go.
    http://www.amazon.com/enclosure-support-USB3-0-eSATA-FireWire400/dp/B00DJB5R3C
     
  4. macrumors 601

    eXan

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    With USB2 you won't have issues streaming the highest bitrate video iTunes and ATV can support.

    Thunder bolt is for high-tech stuff only.
     

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