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I have a gaggle of four (4) USB drives of all different sizes where I store my music, my photography, and a lot of my graphic design work. I also have a 2TB WD MyBookLive network drive that was more or less the place where I streamed music and movies from using my ATV1. And my Time Machine drive is a Lacie 1TB FW800. So I have a cluttered desk LOL.

I tried consolidating, but was warned that there is not enough space on the 2TB drive for everything. So I decided that I'd add a new WD MyCloud 3TB drive and dedicate it to music and movie media, and keep all my graphics work on the 2TB network drive. My goal is to get rid of all the USB drives and only use the network or FW drives. Ordered it today and should have it this week.

Read the reviews on the 3TB WD MyCloud on Amazon and noticed that one reviewer gave the MyCloud very high marks but cautioned against using the software given to you by WD. Unfortunately the reviewer did not elaborate on the alternative method. I'd like to make this as "efficient" as possible so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I'd like to have three (or maybe four) folders on the new drive; My Music, My Photography, My Movies, and maybe My Videos which would be raw file stuff I'm working on in iMovie that maybe goes out to Vimeo or YouTube.

My main system is a iMac 24" and I have a 13" MBP, plus the wife has her iPad3. I also have a PC on the network bc I use a couple of programs like Corel and Visio and I'm too scared to run PC programs on my mac LOL. I would love to know if its possible to access those movies from the iPad (without redundant file format movies) as my two grandkids would love to watch all the animated stuff I have for them fem Barbie to Madagascar.

My AppleTV is a 1st gen modded with the Broadcom card and its running Crystalbuntu/XMBC. I'll need to move files from the 2TB MyBookLive and the USB drives to the new 3TB MyCloud drive, but you can't just _move_ files right? You have to _copy_ them then trash the files from the old drive. Or is there a simpler way to "move" files?

Thanks in advance for the advice/help.

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