iTunes Library on SD Card

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  1. jbolt macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I have almost 64 GB of music in my iTunes Library on my MacBook Air and I am looking to temporarily store it on an 64GB SD card until iCloud comes out so I am not taking up so much of my SSD space. I do have the 256 GB SSD btw, but need the space for work related projects.

    I was wondering if this is possible to do this so you can just store and play your music from the 64GB SD card. I know it will stick out, but I am okay with that as it will just be temporary. Also is there a recommended reliable brand that I could get? Thanks!
     
  2. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

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    It's possible. I would recommend Kingston or Sandisk SD card.

    Alternatively, you could use a Flashdrive/Thumbdrive too but that would stick out even more.
     
  3. brand, Aug 28, 2011
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    They actually make USB flash drives that are designed to be left plugged in and protrude very little. A card left in the SD slot sticks out further and is more susceptible to damage than one of these types of USB flash drives. They are ideal for this type of need. Several companies make them.

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  4. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

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    Had no idea such technology existed. It's been so long since I used flash drives or SD cards.
     
  5. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    something like this?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MR2-32GB-Na...C_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item3cba73ea9c
     
  6. jbolt, Aug 28, 2011
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    Is Flash USB faster that SD? I usually use up both of my USB ports so I wanted to take advantage of my SD card slot. I only plan to keep the SD card in while listening to music, but mainly just want to store my iTunes library on it.

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    I didn't know they had USB Flash Drives that small. Do they have 64GB option? I saw something similar to that, but it was for a mouse.

    Also, how does it work? It looks like you plug the MicroSD card in the the USB port end that goes in the computer.
     
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  8. brand macrumors 601

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    Not exactly what I was referring to but it's the same type of idea. The one I was talking about the USB flash drive would just have the flash memory built in and not changeable like this. I have been wanting to get one like the one you linked to for a while now to see how well it works. All of my cards are SDHC or SDXC though so I would have to but microSDHC cards.

    You are correct.
     
  9. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    I don't really know how...I've never used one. I guess that the micro SD card slides in, then viola, you have a 32GB micro drive. I don't know if they come in 64GB, but at that price, you're probably better off getting a 64GB flash drive. It'll be bigger, but about the same price for double the capacity.

    heck, with a 64GB flash drive to use with it, the base 11/2/64 MBA model looks a lot more appealing.
     
  10. brand macrumors 601

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    If you don't care about fast internal storage.
     
  11. jbolt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys for the responses. I now might just get a 64GB Flash Drive
     
  12. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    yes, data on the SSD can be accessed at a much higher speed in terms of MBps, but I don't think a flash drive is all that slow either. :) It's adequate for media, like an iTunes library.
     
  13. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    i think the reads are faster on a flash card but booting from it and writes would be slower. im sure you can store your itunes library on one.... its what i do! i just want to know if those 128gb ones are real!
     
  14. LordVic macrumors 601

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    Typically for programs and such, you would

    But for things like music and video library? why not. the USB2 standard and memory sticks from even 5 years ago have more than enough bandwith to load and play most typical media formats without bottleneck.

    You wouldn't want to use this method for constantly transfering large ammounts of data. But for a simple media drive? GO FOR IT.
    heck, I use my wireless network for my mp3 collection over itunes with an itunes server, and there is never any bottleneck fo the music.
     
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