Tips, tricks and utilities for using minimal storage.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DannyBres, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    This week, I am moving from a 1+2TB iMac to a 128gb MacBook air.

    The 2TB external drive will still be around for movies and time machines.

    However, I have a large iPhoto library and iTunes library and I am not sure what to do with them...?

    Are there any utilities etc that let you split them across 2 drives?

    I am not sure what is the best way to split the data over my internal and external drives.


  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I split my iTunes library between my internal and an external drive.

    How to split a single iTunes library over two media locations
  3. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    There is some hope that with Apples new emphasis on the cloud that many of their apps that are NOT very cloud friendly at the moment will become more cloud friendly.

    At the moment I store my full iTunes, iPhoto and several other large repositories on a Lacie raid array connected to an airport extreme. I have a family MobileMe subscription and with back to my Mac setup on the airport extreme and the family macs, they can usually see the Lacie drive from anywhere on the Internet and mount it from wherever they are.

    I have my music available on my phone and iPad and don't usually listen to it on my MBA but I like the split concept outlined by a previous poster. I do keep aa local iPhoto library as well as my main library on the Lacie. Drive. Just hold the option key down when starting iPhoto to choose a library or double click on the appropriate library or shortcut. Right now, once I'm done editing photos while traveling on my local iPhoto I just transfer them to the main library once home (export/import). In a pinch I have acess to my main library remotely but it's slow.

    I'm hoping in future versions of Apple software there will be a way to tag content as local vs remote, and have a much more seamless and higher performance way of accessing the remote content.
  4. DJBBOX macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2011
    Miami, FL
    i normally have my library on a external drive and just point iTunes or iPhoto default location to that remote folders on my external or a network remote location.
  5. vincebio macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    why dont you copy your iphoto and itunes library over to your external, then create alias' of them.

    replace the original folders on your mac with the alias' you created.

    your mac works exactly as it would if they were local...but saves you a ton of space..

    Just point your iPhoto to the new location by holding down 'alt' when booting...and on itunes just pointing it in prefs...

    thats what ive done for years now.
  6. DannyBres thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    Thanks all! :) I will do that!

    Just wondered if there was nice utility for having most listened to albums caches on the internal storage or last 10 events etc etc.

    gettin gmy macbook today! :)
  7. Erickt macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    How about thoughts on getting rid of duplicate files?

    I have a new MBA and am migrating files from both work and personal Windows systems. I'm sure I'm not alone here with this problem... I have lots of data and with only 256GB SDD need to reduce amount/size files I carry around. So, I have purchased an 8TB RAID 5 (~6TB protected capacity) Iomega ix4-d200 personal cloud NAS array, but also would like to deduplicate and/or eliminate duplicate files. I know I have duplicate pictures, videos, movies. I am also sure the list of duplicate files include docs, ppts, xlss, pdfs and more. I googled and found a few apps that might do the job with mixed reviews. Any recommendations? What have you used and summary review of the app(s)? I'd prefer not to spend a lot of money, but disk space costs too (I'm done buying non-protected USB drives).
  8. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
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    There are lots of free online storage options that giveyou 2-3gb free.

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