Where do you store your stuff?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pilotkid, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    All you fellow MacBook Air users where do you store all of your music, movies, documents, etc. Do you use a USB Flash Drive, an SD Card, a desktop external hard drive, a portable external hard drive? The reason I ask this is I'm a new Air user and even with the upgraded 256GB SSD I don't have the space for all my music and movies. I currently have a time machine back up of all of my media from when I had a MacBook Pro but i'm missing having all of my media with me. So I'm debating buying a portable external hard drive to carry around with me when I have my MacBook Air, but is this the best choice. Give me your ideas!
  2. GGJstudios, Aug 19, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 19, 2012

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    One option is to keep your favorite media on your internal drive so it's available when you're mobile, with the remainder on an external. Since my iTunes library won't fit on my internal drive, I split it between internal and external drives.

    One method is to have one iTunes library, with your favorite music stored on your internal drive, so it's available when you're mobile, with the remainder stored on an external drive.

    How to split a single iTunes library over two or more media locations

    Freeing up space in Mac OS X
  3. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    Thanks for your quick reply I might check out this split library idea. All my music fits easliy (11gb) on my SSD but my movies wont fit (250GB+). So splitting up my music and movies could fix this.
  4. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Same, I carry what I want mobile and anything else is either stored on my External HDD, iMac, or MBP.
    My 11in MBA doesnt have SD slot so I use my USB 3.0 external HDD mainly.

    Im thinking on installing the 480GB Flash for my MBA.
    Its quite pricey, but seems worth it,
  5. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    Pictures, documents and apps are on my internal SSD. Everything else is on an external HDD.
  6. Nathan576 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2012
    I keep videos on a usb hard drive and my music on itunes match.
  7. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    External 1TB HDD for anything beefy.

    HTPC always on at home so if internet is available I can access video, pics and music from it. Not storing much media on the Air itself.
  8. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    East Maitland, NSW, AU
    Music, Photos, Apps on Internal SSD

    Videos, ISOs and backups stored on Time Capsule and External 2TB USB3 HDD
  9. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Luzern, Switzerland
    I keep no music or videos on either my notebook or an external HDD. That kinda solves all space related issues... If you really want to store 250GB+ of Movies, then do it on some external device ( same for music if it's really a lot ).
  10. oldcelt macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2011
    Probably really stupid question but not very computer literate.
    I have a wd my passport for mac which I use for my time machine backups.
    Can I also use it to store movies/music for extra space?
  11. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    A 3TB one of these.

    Also awesome for streaming BluRay MKV files through my AppleTV

  12. bellboy1982 macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2012
    I would also be interested to know if you can use the Time Machine as an external HDD aswell as the backup feature?

    Also, is there any cheaper external wireless HDD's on the market?
  13. SpoekGTi macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I store all my files on my Synology NAS, which is thanks to their Cloud Station connectable virtually anywhere, i got 4.5TB of storage in that tiny box so that is more than enough. Funny thing about this is that if someone jacks my MBA it's even empty from personal files cause that's all stored @ Home :D

    For my music or photo's i carry an 64GB SDXC card with the Air. I got now about 100 Gb used on the Air and that includes, WoW (all expansions) and Diablo 3 and Adobe CS6

    So far i'm happy :)
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, you can.
  15. oldcelt macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2011
    Thanks for your reply!:)
  16. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god


    Jan 10, 2012
    I use iTunes match to access my 30GB of music files whenever I want wherever I want. Every now and then I'll delete the files iTunes downloads (gets to be gigabytes).

    Too bad there isn't an option to just stream that stuff instead of download it.

    Everything else is stored on Dropbox on my PC at home - accessible by my Air if I need it (selective syncing only a few files to my Macbook Air) via dropbox.com for the bigger stuff.
  17. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    My 80GB of music and itunes folder sits in the internal. Pictures all sit on the internal. Parallels sits on the internal as well.

    Externals hold programs install files, Movies, unused documents, and old picture files that I want for archive and connected to an Airport Extreme so I can access them when I'm at home on the wifi.

    Before going on vacation, I would grab some movie files I want to watch and put it on the Air.
  18. dwburnell macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    I have a 32GB SD card for my favorite music and movies, all my docs and apps are on the internal SSD. Everything else I have on my mac mini and I just use home share to stream other music when I'm at home.
  19. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    I keep my music on the ATV and cloud, and documents and install stuff on the Time Capsule. I am totally digging amazon cloud Player with it's matching functionality - especially since it is free.
  20. Hirakata macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2011
    Burbank, CA
    I use a SanDisk Cruzer Fit 32GB for my favorite stuff when I'm roaming, but 95% of the places I'm at for any extended period of time have Wi-Fi, so I use Back To My Mac to connect to my HTPC MacMini at home and have access to all my music and movies.
  21. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    Thanks for all the replies. They have given me a lot of options and many options of things I haven't thought of. iTunes match seems like a great idea for keeping music in the cloud instead of on the internal SSD. As far as movies go I'm thinking about a small USB 3.0 portable external hard drive.
  22. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    You should look at the options available with a NAS. The only drawback is going to be remote access when you are not within local network connection range. Even then you can access remotely but at a reduced data rate.

    I use my MBA as a movable iMac (i.e. I take it all around the house for use), so I'm always in range of my network. I have no user data on the MBA so no need for TimeMachine, but I do use CCC.

    All my stuff is on 2x NAS units with NAS volumes mounted at boot. One volume is Data, another is Music, another is Video. In total I have 7TB of stuff with two levels of backup.

    You might look at a two tier strategy - one set of stuff that you always carry around and another set that you access when in range of your NAS. The first set can also be mirrored to a backup copy on the NAS when in range.
  23. ttate90303 macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008
    For files on the go, I store them on a 32GB Sandisk Cruser Fit USB drive. It's a small bump on the side of the MBA and can stay in place without the risk of breaking off easily like most USB flash drives.
  24. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL

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