buying new iMac - hard drive size?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by robgettier, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. robgettier macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009

    I am looking to buy a new iMac soon to replace my curent iMac (first gen Intel). (My daughter will inherit the current iMac).

    I have a 1TB drive in the current iMac which is primarily used to house content for iPhoto and iTunes. Currently there is about 100gb of free space.

    1TB will not be enough space for much longer. I continue to rip music & video and we recently got a SLR camera that produces large file size pictures.

    So thinking to the future, I will need atleast 2TB. Should I do this internally (via upgrade during purchase) or externally? If externally, I could save some money and get the model with only 500gb drive.

    My main question is if external is fast enough on a routine basis accessing iTunes and such. (I assume this drive would be USB.)

    The second question is, should I spend a little extra now and get model with 1TB drive and thus put off the external need for a year or more. This would allow the prices to drop on external Thunderbolt storage.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Quite A Few Options

    I have a 1TB in my (July 2011) iMac, but have NAS external storage too. You could spec up to 2TB on the iMac, then add external storage as required.
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Well right now, hard drive prices are very high, but I would still go with the 1 or 2 TB HDD and get a Thunderbolt external HDD to go with your new iMac when you get one.

    This way you'll have plenty of storage and should have to worry about it for a long time. Plus the Thunderbolt speed won't affect any transferring of data from the external drive to the iMac.
  4. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    I'd go with the external, far cheaper, and since portability is not an issue you should be fine. I use my external for all of my iTunes music and it does just fine
  5. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Go for the 2TB internal. It will be less noisy and you will not have wires hanging all over the place.

    You can always add external crap... but you can only get the clean internal option now. Just do it and don't look back.

  6. dakhein macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    NorCal, USA
    I would BTO an iMac with 2TB since you're already close to maxing the your current 1TB system. That way you wouldn't have to manage iTunes/iPhoto folder locations and have less clutter. You're still going to want an external drive for Time Machine because it would suck to lose that almost 1TB of music and memories.
  7. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I also agree to get the 2tb internal. Externals often look sloppy.
    If you decide to go down the external root instead or in addition to I reccoment one of these:
    This plus a TB hd would be as good as an internal IMO
  8. N0ddie macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2011
    I went for the 1TB + 256Gb SSD options when we bought our iMac a month ago. Didnt feel the need to go for the internal 2TB HDD as I will (When money permitting) be buying a 2TB external HDD (Will use Firewire 800) to store all our music, photos, ripped DVDs and more importantly Time Machine backup.

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