Want 2019 iMac but no 2TB HD option with 21.5" - WTF

InternetDude08

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I am ready to buy a new iMac. I have a late-2015 iMac 4K 21.5-inch with a 2TB Fusion Drive.

The problem here is I can't buy a new 21.5-inch iMac because I currently use 1.78TB of hard drive space, and none of the new 21.5" iMacs can get a hard drive bigger than 1TB. That's puny.

In my experience it's very difficult to clear off old files from the HD. Apple sucks pics & videos and such into various files and folders.

I don't think I can even setup or transfer my current files because it would see right away that it won't fit.

How can I fix this? Near as I can tell I need to somehow delete 1TB of files which is absurd. I'd hate to transfer every photo and video to an external drive. Ugh.

What were they thinking, a 1TB limit? WTF.
 

AnotherSoftwareEngineer

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I am ready to buy a new iMac. I have a late-2015 iMac 4K 21.5-inch with a 2TB Fusion Drive.

The problem here is I can't buy a new 21.5-inch iMac because I currently use 1.78TB of hard drive space, and none of the new 21.5" iMacs can get a hard drive bigger than 1TB. That's puny.

In my experience it's very difficult to clear off old files from the HD. Apple sucks pics & videos and such into various files and folders.

I don't think I can even setup or transfer my current files because it would see right away that it won't fit.

How can I fix this? Near as I can tell I need to somehow delete 1TB of files which is absurd. I'd hate to transfer every photo and video to an external drive. Ugh.

What were they thinking, a 1TB limit? WTF.
Get an external drive dude...
 
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nambuccaheadsau

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The 21.5" model only comes with the 1TB Fusion option. Suggest either looking at the 27" model with the 2/3TB Fusion, or even better a 512GB SSD in the 21.5" model. If you have an Apple Resellewr, ask what they would charge to upgrade thge 21.5" to the 512/1TB SSD.
 
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InternetDude08

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Aha so I see iMovie 9 is using a bunch of space. When I open iMovie 9 it will not load at all. Argh, I want to go in there and delete unneeded projects and files, but first I want to review and possibly export/save some parts. Holy frick this is frustrating.
 

mcnallym

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Because in today’s age “everyone” apparently has large has boxes that offload storage too, apart from what working on at the time.

Not only that but also using those as time capsules.

Not a problem to backup the external hdd as well with time capsule. Attach the disk, enter time capsule and ensure disk is listed as being backed up.

iMovie supports multiple libraries which can be on any “disk” that connected to the iMac.

Probably easiest thing is

1.). Get nas for large volume storage. Personally like the synology range myself.
2.) create share for iMovie librariies
3.) open library on new share
4.) transfer older projects, events, clips etc to library on the nas share.

When you need to actively work on a project, transfer to the library on local disk. When finish then transfer back to nas share library.

Only keep what working on your local drive.

People are putting multiple 5 even larger tb drives in he internal sleds of there 4,1/5,1 cMP. These are disks not even available when the 5,1 was replaced.

Over lifetime always going to find, unless you don’t retain files that your internal storage going to be too small.
 

nutmac

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If I store my main files on an external HD will it get backed up to Time Capsule?? I'd really rather not have an external HD for daily use.
If you are trying to avoid external disks to maintain all-in-one look, take a look at BackPack ($35).

It snaps to the back of the iMac stand. If you get a bus-powered 2.5" HDD (available in size up to 5 TB), you won't even have to bother with another cable going to the power outlet.

And yes, Time Machine will backup whatever disks you specify.