How many externals do you have connected?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by miTunes75, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. miTunes75 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2006
    Currently, I have two external hdds connected to my mac mini to stream all my digital media throughout the house. One is a 320GB and one is a 1TB. I'm just interested what people in this wonderful community are doing. I'm thinking that I'm having to buy another one real soon :-D
  2. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I have a 1TB external connected to my Mac Mini and using much of my 1TB Time Capsule for archiving some of my media. I really would like a Drobo but want to see what Apple's plans are for that massive North Carolina data center first.

    With the help of Netflix, I've gotten over the mental addiction of the need to store all my movies and TV shows and just need access to them at any time.
    If Apple is planning on offering iTunes movies and TV shows with some type of subscription or just allowing you to purchase them individually with some sort of online "locker" where they store it all and let you download at your leisure then I am all in. Storing all these huge HD files rapidly gets out of control, expensive, and time consuming.
  3. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have 2 setups...

    Main Residence: Drobo with 7Tb hooked to my oldish White iMac

    Second Place: Mac Mini with 1 x 2Tb WD Drive, plus a 1Tb 2.5" passport drive.

    The Second place setup is a backup of the main residence covering about 80% of the date. It'll be upgraded soon to accommodate my expanded storage in the drobo.

    Apple wont actually 'store' a copy of your purchases in its data centres, just a database of what you have bought that allows you to dload it when you want from there central library of files.

    However.......the internet just wont support that sort of traffic as a norm from a growing numbers of users. With a couple of TBs of movies on my system, plus nearly equal amount in TV and personal video files, I cant seriously see anyone offering that as a viable option for at least another decade.

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