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Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Tech198, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Hi all...

    To what extent can i share the iTunes Library on the Mac mini ?

    My every growing iTunes Library has topped 1TB, and adding a external to the mix won't do any good, since libraries cannot be split...

    What are my options here ? since 2.5-inch only go as high as 1TB, in order to keep everything intact, i would just just moving trouble over to the external..

    And since the Mac mini also uses 2.5' i can'' upgrade this either to any larger..

    Ideally, i would add 4TB, but i would need to have a USB to SATA dongle with power (this adapter i have, but it would look ugly)

    Is there any other resolution here? Its well within my 14-day period so i could send it back to Apple, and go for Mac mini server with two drives, but i'm only prolonging the issue.

    It would have been better with either the mini uses 3.5' drives (which is not psychically possible internally), or iTunes libraries can be shared amount external.... this way, my 1.5TB could live on internal, while 500Gig on external, but to iTunes it would appear still as one library...

    Since this is not an option. anything i can do here?

    Removing feasible here is not an option as its shared library..

    I'm guess you guys would have faced the same issue. how do you handle this ?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  3. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    2.5" drives do not top at 1TB here are two examples:

    HGST (available now)

    Samsung: (not yet available but supposedly soon, as it is already shipping to OEM),24997.html
    Although you can buy this:
    which has the Spinpoint M9T drive, just rip open the enclosure and take out the drive :D

    This way if you buy two Spinpoint M9T's and the OWC data doubler kit you can have up to 4TB in your mini :D
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    You do realize you can set a setting in iTunes that allows you to keep your Media on whatever drive they reside on and still show up in iTunes as one library right? Right now I have multiple hard drives supplying my Videos and Music with no issues. They are all still in the same "library" but I have the option selected that does not force iTunes to copy it to any one given drive.

    In my case I have the following:
    3TB of Storage for all my Movies
    3TB of Storage for all my TV Shows
    1.5TB of Storage for all my Music

    I just drop them into iTunes and it loads them up and plays them from which ever drive they reside on. Since we haven't gotten to 8TB drives yet, this works just fine for me....
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm also confused why you would have to use "dongles". They make external enclosures that look very nice for 3.5" drives.

    Heck here's one that even matches the Mini perfectly....
  6. LorenK macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    Just to reinforce what paulrbeers has said, you do not need to store all of your songs on one drive to have them playable and viewable in iTunes. Back when drives were max 500gb, I had four drives in my MacPro for my iTunes library with no problem. The only thing that you don't want to do is when you identify the drive in which new tunes will be added is to try to consolidate the library to the one drive. Don't know what might happen, but I suspect you will mess things up.
  7. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    Move it all to an external instead of splitting it.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There's no harm in splitting it, and that may be more prudent, especially if there is a limitation in available memory on any particular drive.

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