Stream 1080p movies via USB2 External drive through iMac to ATV2?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by suprmario, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. suprmario macrumors newbie

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    Hello! :)

    I have been searching the forums and have found most of my answers, but I still have one specific question left...

    I have a mid 2011 iMac and my itunes library is taking over. I am moving it all to an external HDD. USB3.0 is not an option on iMac yet, and Thunderbolt is still a little above my budget at the moment. I already own a USB 2.0 External HDD and my question is...Will USB2.0 be fast enough to stream HD movies from, without any stuttering/lag?

    I have no issues streaming directly off of the iMac, but I want to make sure USB2.0 will be fast enough before I begin the transfer of my whole library. The setup will be: External HDD with itunes library connected to iMac connected to Wireless router streaming to ATV2.

    Thanks!
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    A typical H.264 movie is about 750Meg per hour, no problem for USB 2.0
     
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    I stream my movies like you are going to with no issues. :)
     
  4. suprmario thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome! Thank you both for the quick replies. :)
     

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