Storage solution for streaming media

henders98

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Jun 15, 2009
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I have an Apple TV and as of right now, all of my media is residing on my internal HD. I would like to have all of my iTunes media on an external so that I can free up some space on my iMac.

So, here's my dilemma... I already use my Fire 800 port for my Time Machine backup drive. So basically that leaves me with either a) getting some type of Firewire hub to support a second Firewire hard drive, or b) just get a USB drive.

Any of you guys have to make a similar call? What did you do? If you went with a USB hard drive for your streaming media, how is the performance?
 

tbayrgs

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Jul 5, 2009
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I have an Apple TV and as of right now, all of my media is residing on my internal HD. I would like to have all of my iTunes media on an external so that I can free up some space on my iMac.

So, here's my dilemma... I already use my Fire 800 port for my Time Machine backup drive. So basically that leaves me with either a) getting some type of Firewire hub to support a second Firewire hard drive, or b) just get a USB drive.

Any of you guys have to make a similar call? What did you do? If you went with a USB hard drive for your streaming media, how is the performance?
I believe you should be able to hook up an external HDD via FW 800 and then daisy chain your Time Machine also using FW 800, assuming the external you use for your media has 2 FW 800 ports.

I use this external for my media library on my Mac Mini, set up RAID mirrored and while I don't have another HDD permanently daisy chained, I do set it up periodically that way to back it up with another portable HDD (yes, I'm a bit paranoid :eek:) and it works great.
 

whatupg1

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Jun 30, 2009
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I have an iMac and all my iTunes media is stored on an external HD connected via USB to my iMac and I stream all of my content over the network (wired) and have no issues at all streaming both Movies and Music.
 

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