Home set-up Mac - large AVCHD and Photo collection

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bbridge, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. bbridge macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    Hi, looking for some advice from people who have a similar issue as I do. I have an increasing home movie collection thanks to my 8 month old son as well as a pretty large iphoto collection. I'm running a 17' iMac with 500GB drive which is now nearing full capacity.

    - My AVCHD videos are currently in iMovie, backed up in .mts format on an external Drobo FS. On an import last night i've hit capacity on my Mac Hard drive.
    - My iPhone library is currently in iPhoto, backed up via Time Machine also to the Drobo.
    - My Films and TV shows are stored directly on the Drobo and accessed via Plex media player installed on the Mac and watched on the TV's around the house, works very well.

    I have plenty of space on the Drobo and have previously looked at putting the iPhoto and iMovie libraries on the Drobo but the time to access the applications when you boot up and try to edit is far too slow so I abandoned that. In hindsight it may have been a mistake buying the Drobo FS, however this is what I have at the moment.

    I'd like to hear from others how they currently cope with keeping the storage on their Mac workable, while having the larger storage files (Photos, Videos, Music) stored externally and accessible through the Apple suite or other apps like Final Cut pro etc, with good performance. Appreciate any advice.
  2. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    What i'm presently working on, is on my interal drive.
    I have an external drive for thing that i'm finished with but may still have a need to access it easilly.
    The i have my 24tb media server and backup machine accessible via 1gb/s ethernet.
    My internal and external are backed up via timemachine on my server.
    The server uses snapraid with two level of parity protection.
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    I don't use my internal drive for anything other than applications and temporary files. All software libraries and all original photos, video, and music are on external hard drives. So my internal drive will never fill up.
  4. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    What is your internal drive? Because if you paid for a 1tb or more then you're waisting ressources unless your external are tb.
  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    My externals are a minimum of 2 TB. I have 20 or more of them. My internal is 1 TB. That was the minimum available.
  6. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    Are your external connected via thunderbolt or usb 2 or 3?
    Because with usb 2 you really take a hit in performance. And isn't it a pain to plug and unplug those 20 external to find one file?
  7. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Some are USB 3, some are 2. USB 2 is fine for what I use it for. Rarely spend time looking for files because my drives are logged and labeled. I use NeoFinder, so I don't even have to have the drive connected to find the file. When I find the file (very easy), I then connect the drive for access.
  8. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    I see...

    But I would like to add that you are missing some form of security in case of drive failure. You don't seem to have any backup or data integrity solution. What if one of your drive goes bad?
  9. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    That's an assumption on your part. Everything important is backed up via Intego Backup Manager Pro.
  10. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    In part yes. You failled to explain how you used your external drives. The OP did explain what is present setup was and so did I, but you didn't mention any form of backup. So how many of your externals are dedicated to backup?
  11. kennyap macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2012
    Cayman Islands
    I use a Drobo 5D (20TB) for home videos, photos, iTunes homesharing (kid's movies & T.V.) to my kid's Apple TV's. Then I have a Synology DS1512+ (16TB) for my movies & T.V. downloads which is managed by my Popcorn Hour (networked video jukebox). Both the Drobo and the Synology are synched using Goodsync program.

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