External HD for iTunes server

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  1. appletvbob, Sep 20, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016

    appletvbob macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2009
    My 450gb iTunes library resides on an external hard drive which I fear is failing. The mac is an older iMac with USB 2.0, FW800.i connect via FireWire 800. I use the iMac for reading and burning discs, and as a hub to stream airplay around the house. Questions:
    1. Would a USB drive be adequate for iTunes to read off and stream audio and video? It will only be capable of 2.0 speeds.
    2. Whatever drive I choose; should it be powered?
    3. If I stay with FW800, any recommendations? This iMac predates thunderbolt.

  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I would get at least a 2 bay NAS with your iTunes Library!
  3. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005

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