Can I use Cloud Services as an external drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by quintendehaas, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. quintendehaas macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Hi there,
    I own a 13" MacBook Pro with a 60GB SSD. I managed to fit everything on this small drive except for my Aperture Library (ca. 25GB). Is there a Cloud Service that I can use to store my Aperture Library in?
    I already tried an upgraded Dropbox account (50GB) but in hindsight I learned that you need as much space on you SSD as you use on your Dropbox folder because Dropbox stores a 'copy' of the content on your SSD. Since there is only 12GB of free space on my SSD this didn't work out.

    Is there a Cloud Service that I can use just like an external hard drive so that I can store my Aperture Library there and actually use it to see my photos?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2010
    Yes, bitcasa is for use just like that! I.e. it acts as an external hard drive over the internet.

    In beta only atm though. Look it up on youtube how it works.
  3. WhoisMedina macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2012
    Rhode Island
    You could delete Dropbox from your mac and just use the website but then you could only have access to anything.

    I currently use SkyDrive. Since I had an Xbox and Windows Live ID since 2006, I was upgraded to 25 GB free. Standard storage is 7GB free.
  4. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    It won't work. Aperture (and iPhoto and iMovie) libraries only support HFS+ formatted drives.

    You'll need to use an external HDD or OptiBay.
  5. Mojo1, Apr 28, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012

    Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    Edited because I misread the question and my original post didn't address the OP's question.
  6. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    OP, sounds like it'd be easiest for you to just get an external hard drive and connect that when you need to get in the library... I know it's added bulk, but if you have a workstation set up it's perfectly fine. And, this way you don't need to have internet access to get to the files, just the hard drive. And 25GB is small enough to even just have a flash drive if you want to do it that way.
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Yeah, storing photos online would be S L O W even if you could get Aperture to work.

    Try a 64GB thumbdrive. Or a SD card, since you probably use them in a camera anyway.
  8. quintendehaas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Hmmm... Thanks for all your suggestions. Pretty strange there's nothing that suits my needs perfectly with all these cloud developments. I'll just revert back to the 'old' ways of storing stuff.

  9. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Do you need your cd-drive that much? Another alternative would be to install another HDD, and rely on an external drive for the times you need to read or burn a CD. :)
  10. quintendehaas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    I'm getting the new MacBook Pro when it comes out so I was looking for a solution for the time being. So won't be a problem anymore in the future.

    Too big of a hassle to remove ODD. ;)

    Thanks anyway!
  11. edk99 macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2009
    If it is short term then just get a thumb drive.
  12. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    If you're buying a new computer soon, I'd encourage you to buy a USB external hard drive.

    They're very useful for a variety of purposes. Physically small & light, extremely low priced per GB, I use one regularly.

    Western Digital builds a nice selection. Google them, or go to
  13. loriayre macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2012
    Use Dropbox with "selective sync"

    You can actually use the "selective sync" feature in Dropbox that allows you to deselect computers that will store copies of certain files or folders. I haven't used it but info about it is here:

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