Post your pictures: What do you use your external hard drive for?

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  1. Tulani macrumors 6502a

    Tulani

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    Backing up files (tell us more)
    Additional storage space (tell us more)
    Organizing media files (tell us more)
    As a shared storage drive (tell us more)
    Locking up important files (tell us more)
    Other (please explain)
    I don't have an external drive

    just for some "casual" survey interest. maybe worth to get new ideas.
     
  2. BeSweeet macrumors 68000

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    I only use an external hard drive for 1) backups and 2) photo storage.
     
  3. MACelmore macrumors regular

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    Aren't you afraid that you drive will fail and you'll lose all of your pictures?
     
  4. BeSweeet macrumors 68000

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    I do think about that from time to time, which is why I'll be uploading everything to my 1TB OneDrive account (will downgrade to the 100GB plan when my 1TB trial is up).
     
  5. Badrottie Suspended

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    I have 3 external hard drives
    Seagate GoFlex ultra portable HD for TM backup
    Hitachi HD for pictures, video, and apps storage
    Seagate Satellite Wireless HD for media streaming with iTunes
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I use USB drives for backups via Time Machine and CCC. I use a Mac Mini server with external drives for media storage, backups, and archiving files. All machines are backed up online to CrashPlan. The server also has shared files.

    I am anal about backup. I don't have any data that doesn't have at least 2 different backups.
     
  7. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Care to explain exactly how you use your satellite with iTunes?
     
  8. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am also a backup freek. I have avoided buying too large capacity hard drive as there will be temptation to store everything on it and risking disaster if it fails. I have several maximum 1TB that I apportion my storage and backup one onto the other.
    I have particularly fallen in love with the WD My passport ultra versions.
     
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I keep all my videos (movies, TV shows, anime), music, and backups on a NAS. Having them on the NAS allows my little Raspberry Pi to easily access them so that I can watch them on my TV.

    I like storing everything on the NAS to keep my startup volume as clean as possible.
     
  10. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    One for time machine backup, and I replace that one fairly regularly, with the old ones going into a drawer or very occasionally offsite. I usually do a full backup with e.g. SuperDuper before I retire the drive. Drives are cheap. The other outboard drive I use regularly hosts a linux VM for when I'm traveling with the MBP and need to get some development work done.
     
  11. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  12. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    time machine backup

    Sky t.v. downloads (when Skygo desktop can be used again to download t.v. via aes/external hdd -patiently waiting for full El Capitan release)
     
  13. Dubadai macrumors regular

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    I got the following external drives:
    • 2TB Lacie Rugged - photos and lightroom catalogs (always plugged in to my imac)
    • 2TB Lacie Rugged - music and movies (always plugged in to my imac)
    • 4TB Seagate - cold storage backup for the two lace rugged drives
    • 2TB Seagate - cold storage two for my lace rugged photo drive
    • 1TB WD Studio - connected to my Airport Extreme as a Time Machine drive for my iMac and Macbook Pro
     
  14. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I love lacie too.
    I have little big disk as time machine for my imac.
    And a lacie NAS for sharing data amongst my machines as opposed to using USB thumb drives
     
  15. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    I use a NAS drive for all storage and a TM for local backups.
     
  16. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You should also backup the NAS.
     
  17. Dubadai macrumors regular

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    I like them as well. Love the quality and that they fit nicely in with the mac. On the other hand, I am starting to look at a NAS. Since a NAS gives you a better overview of the drive health etc.
     
  18. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Pictures pictures please.

    If you can.....we would love to see the hard drive setups you have.
     
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    To make more spaces on 256GB SSD on my 2012 rMBP so I had to move large iTunes library/folders to Satellite Wireless HD so I can watch movies wirelessly with Seagate app on my iPad Air.
     
  20. Tulani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Did you use the Seagate tool to load your itunes onto satellite?

    Did that with mine though it didn't really look like it installed properly.

    Now intending to erase and dedicate the satellite to my Gopro projects
     
  21. Donfor39, Aug 30, 2015
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    Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    IMG_0347.jpg
    Got my wee photo via iphone6 saved it macbook/docs...how do I get a url so I can attach it

    edited forgot more options to upload my photo

    1 shift Mon...2 weeks at home to tidy the cables!

    dvd home cinema getting removed replace it with ps4
     
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  23. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    I dont need to, it replicates to my parents house. :)
     
  24. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    I use a 1 TB WD My Passport as my backup drive, which I use with Time Machine. I've also got a 1 TB WD hard drive in a Sabrent USB 3 enclosure for storing videos, most of which are mirrored on my MBP, but some are videos that I didn't care enough about to leave on my MBP. In addition my family has a 4 TB My Cloud EX2 which acts a media server for the house.
     
  25. boast macrumors 65816

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    2TB MyPassport for Photos db, some games, and some imovie stuff.

    everything else is on my NAS
     

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