11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 21, 2013 9:47 AM by Big Joon
Big Joon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

I am currently using a 2TB external hard drive to access all my photos and music when working with Lightroom 4 and iTunes.  My 2TB storage space is almost getting full and has started me wondering what I'd need to do to continue working this way.  I'm assuming even if I get another 2 or 3TB external hard drive, I'd still have to select only 1 external hard drive for Lightroom to access...  Same goes for iTunes.  What if I have music in both external hard drives?  Hmmm...  How do you folks manage such situation?  Thanks!

  • 1. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,730 points)

    External drives can be daisy-chained. You can have more than one external drive in use at the same time.

     

    Of course you could get a second, identical external drive and put them into a striped RAID. Or you could purchase an enclosure that can handle 2 TB drives and install drives in a striped RAID configuration. A four drive enclosure that can handle up to 3 TB drives could provide as much as 12 GBs of online storage in a RAID configuration.

  • 2. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,285 points)

    Since you can daisychain FW drives, you could plug in more than one drive and put your iTunes library on one and your pics (or whatever else) on another. That way you'd have access to both. As far as I know, there is no way to put half of your iTunes library on one drive and the other half on another. That's about the only way I can think of to handle it, but maybe someone else will have a better idea.

  • 3. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Big Joon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thank you for the response.  If I have 2 to 3 external hard drives daisy chained, only 1 external hard drive would show up on my desktop?  Therefore, I can continue having my Lightroom and iTunes access media from only 1 external hard drive?

     

    If yes, I'm interested in doing this.  Sorry for my ignorance, but how do you properly daisy-chain the external hard drives?

  • 4. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,420 points)

    As far as I know, there is no way to put half of your iTunes library on one drive and the other half on another.

    As a technical observation you can, if you manage your own media. My library was on 2 drives for a long time.    You might even be able to do it now if you change media location preferences but do not let iTunes update old files to the new location, just start saving new ones there.  This is more of an academic observation rather than something I would recommend doing because it makes it messy when trying to move the collection at some future date.

  • 5. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Corey Smith3 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Limnos is right.

     

    If you go to your itunes library preferances.

     

    select advanced and you will see a screen like below.

     

    itunes.png

     

    you can uncheck the copy files to itunes media folder when adding to library. Also uncheck the Keep itunes media folder organized.

     

    This will allow you to manually add the files. From another drive and not have them copy to your full drive. Also if you have the hard drives and or if you have a extra drive you can store your files on you can create a raid of both drives to make one large drive. Just make sure you keep both drives plugged in at all times.

         IE if you have 2 250 gig drives you can create a 500 gig drive.

     

    Check this video on youtube out about how to create a raid 0 set.

     

     

    Also Big Joon. If you  have 2 or 3 external firewire drives you can daisey change them by plugging one into the other. it does not matter the order. They will all mount on your computer. You may be interested in watching the raid 0 set video as well.

     

    JUST REMEMBER IF YOU MAKE A RAID IT WILL DESTROY ALL THE DATA ON THE OLD DRIVE. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU  HAVE THAT DATA BACKED UP ! OR IF THE DRIVES WERE EMPTY IN THE 1ST PLACE !

  • 6. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,285 points)

    If I have 2 to 3 external hard drives daisy chained, only 1 external hard drive would show up on my desktop?  Therefore, I can continue having my Lightroom and iTunes access media from only 1 external hard drive?

     

    No, each external drive will show up on your desktop. If you have 3 drives attached with one partition each, you will have 3 icons showing on the desktop. They may be hooked up together, but they remain separate entities.

     

    As for the libraries, you've gotten some more detailed answers.

  • 7. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Big Joon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thank you all for so much help!!  I really appreciate you taking time to assist me.  I will revisit this thread when the actual time comes... 

  • 8. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Big Joon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I'm back!

     

    It's been almost a year since my last post and wanted to get some help again.

     

    Surprisingly, my 2TB has lasted this long and I think I can make it last a couple more months. 

     

    My plan is to daisy chain a 3 or 4 TB hard drive to my current 2TB drive.  One of you mentioned that the 2 drives would show on the desktop as 2 separate drives, so I was thinking of using the current 2TB for songs and the new one for photos. 

     

    Is it ok to use different brands of hard drives?  My current one is the older FW800 Lacie HD and wanted to add a same brand one.  But the review is so bad...  http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-FireWire800-External-301549U-Aluminum/dp/B0050SI9W8/ ref=sr_1_19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1371681056&sr=1-19&keywords=fw800+external +hard+drive  So, I was thinking of either a Seagate or WD.

     

    What do you guys think? 

  • 9. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,285 points)

    I would consider a drive from OWC:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

     

    I've got the Mercury Elite Pro - great drive and very quiet.

     

    WD makes good drives, but their enclosures aren't so much. Besides, their software does more harm than good it seems and most of them are not bootable (if you want to have a bootable clone at some point). FWIW: you do not need any software included on any external drive (unless you want it).

     

    By the way, I have two of the LaCie's and they're fine.

  • 10. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    digibudII Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

        I would add to this the fact that Lightroom doesn't care where your pictures or video are. They can be scattered around a variety of drives and you can choose wherever you want your lightroom database to exist. It may grow fairly large but nothing that's a big concern if you have terabytes of storage.  

       Many people such as myself run Lightroom from an SSD based iMac. I have more songs and pics and video than could possibly be stored on my little 256GB boot SSD so I have four Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB drives housed in two OWC Mercury Elite Pro (I think that's the model) drives. Take care to be sure you are getting hard drive cases that support JBOD (just a bunch of disks) if you want to see your internal drives separately. Many enclosures assume you want to combine two internal drives in a RAID configuration for speed.

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEPQ946QL2K/

     

     

       That enclosure will allow you to install (very easy) two sata drives of your choice and use them independantly. 

     

    This is the drive I recommend.    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236501      Fast, reliable and full speed (no "green" technology to reduce it's speed).

  • 11. Re: What do you do when external hard drive runs out of space?
    Big Joon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thank you both.  But, I still need to know if it's ok to daisy chain different brand hard drives.  As mentioned, I currently have the Lacie drive, but would like to possibly add a OWC drive.  Should there be a problem using different drives together via daisy chain?  Thanks!