rMBP users, how do you store your media library?

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  1. gdourado macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    How are you?
    I was wondering, since the rMBPros come with 128 or 256 gb of SSD storage that is not expandable, I was wondering how do you store and manage your photo library and iTunes media library.
    Do you have a practical solution for it? Please share.

    Thank you.
    Regards.
     
  2. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    USB stick? External self powered drive? SD card? Cloud storage? There are plenty of options out there for expandability. However, I couldn't live without at least 256GB.
     
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  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    external hard drive

    another option is to plug a bunch of hard drives into an old computer and use it as a wireless media/storage hub
     
  6. Schranke macrumors 6502

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    Music on SSD
    Pictures on external HHD
    Movies on another external HHD
    Mics on SSD

    would love to have a NAS to have it all on
     
  7. scenox macrumors member

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    I have nothing big to store, music & films are available in the cloud and streamed to my client (Spotify, iTunes,...); backups of documents & pics are stored online (DropBox & CrashPlan)
     
  8. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

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    You are seemingly misinformed. All rMBP models can be upgraded on the official Apple store / website to have an SSD with a maximum capacity of 768GB. It is true that the rMBPs have no user-serviceable parts, but then again, on your own risk, you can buy SSD sticks from OWC for example and upgrade the storage yourself when needed ( voiding warranty in the process though ).

    That being said, I keep all my files on the SSD ( I of course don't store tons of video, audio files or photos since I'm neither a professional photographer, nor a singer or a movie director or editor or someone passionately gathering such files for no real reason / benefit )... if you need more storage space than what a SSD can offer or your money can buy, then definitely look for external HDDs on USB 3.0 ( they are quite cheap and you can buy as many as you wish / can afford ).
     
  9. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    I have don't have a great deal of media and just store it all on the Internal drive.
     
  10. nanolife macrumors 6502

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    I keep my music and image files on my SSD since I have plenty room for them. Movies on my external SSD connected to my router.
     
  11. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    My iTunes, photos, movies, documents folders are on thunderbolt drives. This leaves my SSD empty to collect photos during a field trip. Both the SSD and external drives are backed up on a 3TB time capsule.
     
  12. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    I have the 512GB SSD so space isn't a huge concern. However I store my media on Apple's servers (i.e. iTunes/iTunes Match).

    You can also use an SD card to store media too.
     
  13. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a large media library which I keep on an external 2TB hard drive. I use Chronosync to keep a backup copy updated on a second drive. Since 2TB drives only cost about $100, it's not a big investment (much cheaper and simpler than Raid or NAS solutions).
     
  14. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    Movies are on my media center computer that I can stream from anywhere. Music is on my google music account.
     
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    desktop set up with large platter drives shared.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One method is to have one iTunes library, with your favorite music stored on your internal drive, so it's available when you're mobile, with the remainder stored on an external drive.

    How to split a single iTunes library over two or more media locations
     
  18. Weaselboy Moderator

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    iTunes Match might be a good solution for your music.
     
  19. gdourado thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is iCloud space the space I have available for iTunes Match?

    Cheers
     
  20. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No, it is separate. You pay Apple $25 a year and they store up to 25,000 of your songs in the cloud.
     
  21. gdourado thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll look into it. Thanks for the tip.

    Cheers
     
  22. uhslax24 macrumors 6502

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    What thunderbolt drives are you using?
     
  23. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    LaCie 2Big6TB set up as RAID 0 with 3TB mirrored. Works well for me.
     
  24. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    iTunes match is garbage. Just use google music which is free and much more flexible.
     
  25. lightz39 macrumors regular

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    This is the reason I splurged on the 768. I keep all my music on the internal (about 150gb) then relegate pretty much anything that isn't needed to run the computer to an external.
     

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