Correct; Time Machine will, sooner or later, delete it's copies of things that are no longer on your system.
Yes, getting an external HD for your media files would probably be your best bet. Before you start putting things on it, be sure to format it with the GUID partition map scheme and the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format, per #1 in Using Disk Utility. That way, Time Machine can back that drive up, along with your Mac's internal HD (assuming there's enough room on your TC). See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #32 for details and considerations.
Any good-quality external HD will work for this purpose, as long as it can be formatted for a Mac (which nearly all can). Prices have gone up lately, unfortunately, due to parts shortages because of the flooding in Thailand.
For fast access to your media files, especially if you do much photo or video editing, you'll probably want a FireWire 800 connection. It's a bit more expensive, but roughly twice as fast as FW 400 or USB 2.
Some folks swear by a particular brand, others swear at the same brand.
I recently got a Mercury Elite Pro, from OWC Sales (who have a good reputation here).
Thanks a ton. I'm now running Time cabsule along with my External Hard Drive. Now I want to completly delete most of my files off of my IMac for space and also securty. I have stored my files onto my external hard drive, and I'm ready to delete them off the IMac. Do I simply put everything in my trash and delete, or is it more of a process like a windows based computer to completly delete the files off the Imac. Also, since I stored my files onto my Extranal Hard Drive, will they be completly safe years down the road? The last thing I need is to delete the files off my IMac, and also accedintly delete them off my Extrenal Hard drive. I'm very parniod to do this and any suggestions would be greatly apreciated.
Thanks a ton. I'm now running Time cabsule along with my External Hard Drive. Now I want to completly delete most of my files off of my IMac for space and also securty. I have stored my files onto my external hard drive, and I'm ready to delete them off the IMac.
First, I'd make sure they're backed-up on your TC. No sense losing anything now.
Also, if you moved iPhoto, iTunes, or iMovie stuff, make sure you can access the copied versions properly.
If in doubt, see:
But yes, just delete and empty the trash. If you have a lot of stuff (more the number of files than the size), that may take a while. (If you do a secure delete, then the larger the size, the longer it will take.)
Also, since I stored my files onto my Extranal Hard Drive, will they be completly safe years down the road?
There is no such thing as "completely safe." That's why you want to be sure they're backed-up on your Time Capsule.
You might also want to consider getting yet another external HD, and making "secondary" backups. See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #27 for some suggestions.
Thanks for all the help, but now I have run into another problem. I transfered all my Imovie project to my external HardDrive. I then deleted all my movies of my Imac's Harddrive for storage issues. When I go back into Imovie to edit my origianl videos all of my videos says that it can't find the origianl videos. Therefore, I have lost all my Imovie projects which is really not good. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Did you follow the instructions in the Moving iMovie '11 footage to another drive link carefully?
From section 2:
"If you choose “Copy projects and Events,” the source video and other media you added to the project are copied to the new location, which means you can view and edit the project in its new location without being connected to the computer it was copied from."
Do you have backups from before you moved the files?
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