I need external storage for 2 iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TheWalrus, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. TheWalrus macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2009
    We run a small photography and videography business using 2 iMac's. I'm about to upgrade to new iMac and we'd like to improve our storage options to a more professional set up. Obviously we create lots of large files, so its a growing problem...

    Until now we've been using 1/2TB drives and just keep them in the filing cabinet. Ovioulsy not ideal and given that we both work from different areas it is not easy/simple to share files, hence the need for some kind of network option...

    I looked at a NAS system but my local Apple retailer has put me off due to others having a bad experience, not sure why! A friend told me a dont need a full network as its too elaborate/expensive for what I need...he suggested the NAS!

    As my knowledge is limited I'm now at a loss to know what to do or who to speak to. I'm also holding off on the new iMac purchase incase there is something I need to get added to the machine for any future storage set up!

    Sorry for the long post but I tried to keep it brief!

  2. philipma1957, Feb 15, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    your budget is key. 2011 storage options for the 2011 iMacs now have a new option thunderbolt. fast reliable but more money. another advantage is they allow for an external osx drive of the ssd type.



    does this device with this item

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/GM8QM5S20T16/ 2tb

    or with this item


    empty unit

    look like it may work. you can get fw800 powered 2tb storage with these.


    this item is also coming out allows for an external ssd osx.

    for nas here is a setup that is about 850 for 4tb that can expand to 14tb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822108090 empty unit cost is 600 put in 2 of these


    this is very fast setup about 100 mb vs 80 mb of fw800 you can use it with 2 iMacs or 3 or 4 iMacs in different areas.

    you can expand with this


    lets you add up to 5 more drives on
  3. TheWalrus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2009
    Wow...there's a lot of info there thanks

    Ideally I want something that is continually expandable. Anything that has a limit of 4gig or 40gig will eventually be filled up and need repalcing, so I'd like something that you can remove the 1/2 TB drives from the unit to store long term and replace with a new drive and so the cycle continues...do any of these fit that requirement?

    Obviously the new machine will have a Thunderbolt connection but not 100% sure the existing 2010 model 27" iMac does.

    Budget isnt open ended but not limited either. I'd rather spend more for the right product that will last.
  4. tommot82 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    checkout drobo: http://www.drobo.com/

    you can keep on exanding the capacity as required and they are SUPER easy to manage. A light even comes on to tell you which drive you should be replacing next and when.

    also gives you a redundant backup.
  5. TheWalrus, Feb 18, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012

    TheWalrus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2009
    These are interesting but it looks like I'd have to have 2, one for each iMac! Unless there is some way for 2 Maxine's to work off the one

    EDIT correction, it looks like it does have a network option. Now to see if I can buy it here in Australia!

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