External or Internal Hard Drive?

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Enyko

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Hey guys,

I've always used my MacBook Pro's internal hard drive to store my music (250GB). But I also know some of you use external hard drives and was wondering if there was a benefit to going external. The prices for an external TB are obviously pretty low right now so I'm considering going that route. Only drawback I can see is I'd rather not have yet another "thing" I have to bring to my gigs. And additional cords, etc. I'd almost rather upgrade my MacBook's internal than get an external. But I wanted to know;

- What are benefits of having an external drive?

- Are there any speed differences using external vs. internal?

- Do iTunes, Traktor, Scratch Live...etc. access the files the same?

Thanks!
 

-bp-

For Position Only
There's really no benefit as far as regular functionality is concerned. But I have an external drive and another laptop ready to go for backup at all times. If you can fit all your music on your MacBook's internal drive, great. One less connection to worry about. But I'd have the external drive handy just in case.
I guess with a 1 TB drive you could carry around a lot more music. But how much of that stuff will you really ever use? A very wise IT guy taught me that the less crap you can burden your system with, the better.
 

DJ Dave

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At any given event, I have two external 500GB HD's.One is primary and the other is hooked up and ready to go. Also, another laptop on standby for backup.

Just curious for you mac users; do you have a mac or PC as a backup?
 

jturk1000

And WHERE is Alma MI ?!
At any given event, I have two external 500GB HD's.One is primary and the other is hooked up and ready to go. Also, another laptop on standby for backup.

Just curious for you mac users; do you have a mac or PC as a backup?

I use a macbook pro (primary) and my backup is a macbook. An expensive way to go, but... I'm a Mac.

Back to the original post - I outgrew my internal HD and replaced it with an internal 750 GB. I love it! Certainly, as has been written, have backup.
 

digitalphantoms

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I prefer internal hard drives to external, but I use IBM thinkpads and I have a 500GB internal and then a second 500 GB internal in the Ultrabay that allows me to have 1TB of internal storage... some external hard drives spin down to preserve life and that sometimes can cause issues... Additionally I accidentally unplugged a external hard drive by accident one time and it makes Virtual DJ freeze if you are playing a song, or searching for a song on that external drive if you do it just right..

Plus I have had 3 times as many external hard drives fail than I have had internal drives... Probably because they get moved around more and get power cycled way more..??

However, I keep all of my music on my internals, and all of my video and Karaoke on external as they take up way more space..

just my 2 cents...
 

Enyko

Member
Great responses! Thanks guys!

I'm sticking to internal for now but will upgrade the drive size.

I have a MacBook Pro and since I use Denon's DN-S3700's, those are my backups. I have thumb drives with music ready to go should the Mac fail. But it's a Mac...it won't ;o)

Thanks!
 

Steve Sharp

Active Member
I've heard of modifications you can make to a macbook pro, removing the DVD drive, and installing a 2nd hard drive, as well.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
With everything on an internal HD, if you lose that drive, you lose the OS and your music library. Using an external HD for just your music and/or videos , if you lose the internal HD you'll still have access to your music and/or videos with a backup laptop. I use externals for everything ... 1Tb for music, 500Gb for Karaoke and 4Tb for videos. I also have backups for each one (I buy HDs in pairs) amd my laptops are identical makes and models that even use the same power supply.
 

Brom

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I used to use externals when internal drives were a lot smaller. Once the internals got to around 500GB and fairly cheap I just went with them. Having an external always seemed to be a pain.

When I bought my white MacBook in late 2008 I installed a 500GB drive and maxed out the RAM right from the start. That's my backup machine now and has a new 750GB drive in it. My main machine is a new MacBook Pro just for DJing with Traktor. I put a 1TB drive in it and maxed out the RAM and copied iTunes over from the WhiteBook to the new machine.

I was lucky I had the foresight years ago to rip all my songs full-size to an external and now 95% of my songs are full size AIFF/WAV files. My off-season project is to go through and weed out the duplicate compressed files.

As for backups, I run TimeMachine on an external drive every time I add new music.
 

Brom

New Member
I've heard of modifications you can make to a macbook pro, removing the DVD drive, and installing a 2nd hard drive, as well.

Data Doubler

I'd thought about doing that since I rarely ever use the DVD drive but I decided against it.

If someone brings me a CD at a gig I can pop it in the drive and pull it up in Traktor. That way I don't have to bring a separate CD player, just my main MacBook Pro and my backup MacBook.

Plus, with internal drives at 1TB now I figured that's enough storage for the moment.
 

BriSwatek

New Member
Thanks!

Thanks for all the opinions. I've been following this discussion a bit. I really like my Sony VAIOs, but they're starting to run out of room on the 500 gb internals. Instead of buying new laptops or upgrading the internal hard drives, I was thinking of buying something like this & going external instead:

http://store.westerndigital.com/sto...goryID.26606200/parid.13092300/catid.13093000

Any thoughts on that particular external hard drive? I use Serato. Opinions would be welcome.
 

DJSkinnyGuy

Active Member
I like how serato has the ability to have your crates with you no matter what computer (running a serato program) you plug your external into. Easy to backup and work on playlists anywhere and rotating sets with another DJ at a club.
 

DJSkinnyGuy

Active Member
Most of my music drives are wd passports. They have been 320 gb or lower (kept upgrading). I have heard about issues with passport drives OVER 500 gb for serato so on my last upgrade I went with a lacie rugged and some seagate go flex's (500 gb). I wish I could've found a 500 gb passport but for the price and connections I went with the lacie and seagates.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
But I also know some of you use external hard drives and was wondering if there was a benefit to going external.
it depends on the software you use and how you backup things..

With VDJ I found it a lot easier to use an external and just replicate the entire hard drive.. but part of that issue for me is I have different types of computers (Desktop at home, Rackmount computer, laptops)
If I had completely identical systems I would just mirror them.

so for me the benefit if an external is its easier to keep my music and database consistent.
 

DJ Jonny T

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No lappy here. 2 dual digital controllers with 2 external self powered with cooling fan hard drives. I can swap one out while using the other if I had to. Nobody would be the wiser.
 
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