Aiport Extreme / External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by myyours, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. myyours macrumors newbie

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    Hello all. Long time, first time.

    Alongside my Macbook, I have an 500 GB external hard drive that I use mostly for music. The frustration has been brewing for awhile, and I'm finally fed up with having to unmount/unplug the external every time that I want to move my book around the apartment.

    So, I'm thinking about getting an Airport Extreme base station and plugging the external drive into that, thus creating a little wireless kingdom. Obviously, I know that the transfer speeds won't be as quick as it is when plugged directly into the book.

    Does anybody else have a setup like this? Will the performance setbacks outweigh the convenience? I'd imagine streaming video would create a much more noticeable lag than music files would. Will iTunes really suffer dramatically because of this setup, especially if we're talking about a 250 GB library?

    My main music concerns aside, where else might I notice the biggest setbacks? There will obviously be times when I'll absolutely need to plug it in, but I'm hoping those would be few and far between.

    Is there a better idea than this to make things more wireless?

    Hey. Thanks!
     
  2. matperk macrumors 6502

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    You'd still have to unmount the drive every time you want to leave, you're just saving yourself the unplug time.
     
  3. myyours thread starter macrumors newbie

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    One out of two ain't bad, I suppose.
     

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