Media storage solution

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by motox25, May 1, 2010.

  1. motox25 macrumors member

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    I personally like the idea of having a desktop for storage and a laptop for use on the go. The MacBook however is slowly but surely being replaced by my iPad :p why doesn't apple release a low end version of the Mac pro for a media storage solution? I think Imacs serve a great purpose for a desktop, but not for a media storage device. With movie and tv show downloading becoming more popular on iTunes, where are users storing the ever- growing media collection? Sure, you can get an external drive on an iMac or Mac mini for storage but then you need a second one for backups as well. The current Mac pros are overkill for media storage devices in my opinion.
     
  2. Loa macrumors 65816

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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Get a PowerMac G4 and use it as file server. They go for pretty nice price. Of course if you want better one, get G5 or even first gen Mac Pro
     
  4. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    If you don't have a host computer to plug the 4 bay enclosure in to, get a NAS instead of an older computer. Finding a Mac that can handle at least 4 SATA bays, only to use as a media storage... Throw money out the window instead!

    Loa
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    probably a good idea if you can find a cheap one :) use a fair bit of power though :(

    NAS are ok, but very costly! may as well build a custom PC
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yeah, they are bit power hungry. A PC is good too, just like you're doing ;) A case with 8 HD bays plus decent mobo, 2GB RAM and CPU are ~500$. Then add as many HDs as you want, all at 3Gbit/s!
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    just like im doing :)

    its a pretty good alternative i think, especailly when you compare prices.

    ok seriously.. bed time now.
     

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