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    Upgrade hard drive or buy external?
    My MacBook has a 100GB hard drive, but because I've got so much music stored on there, I've only got 7.5 GB of free space.

    I'm looking for advice in choosing between the following options:

    -Upgrade the internal hard drive to the 200GB model. This would cost $300+ to have installed, but is a slightly slowed drive (4200 vs 5400)
    -Buy an external hard drive and simply keep my music on that. But I'd have to have it with me everytime I want to access my music.

    So is it worth the extra expense of getting a larger internal drive?

    Thanks in advance for any comments.
    Scott

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    If you need your complete music library, and do not want to transport the external HD, then yes it is worth the extra expense.

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    Thats an amazing amount of music you have there. It might be worth asking yourself if you really need your entire library with you at all times. If you are able to keep the least listened to on an external HDD, it might be a cheaper option and also save the hassle of having to transfer such a massive amount to a new intenal drive.

    Just my .02

    Neil M.

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    Why not buy an iPod to store your music on? That way you've got access to your music with or without your macbook!

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    I have a couple iPods actually. One that has all the music on it and a nano for running, etc. The MacBook is used to add music, update songs, change playlists, etc.

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    i would put all of that music onto an external hard drive...theres some good, small, portable ones like this little guy.
    iMac Aluminum 20" 2.4 ghz 2gb RAM 300gb HD
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    What I do is keep my entire music library on my desktop PC and only have the songs I listen to 95% of the time on my Macbook.

    So instead of wasting over 20GB of space on my laptop, I only use 13-14GB.

    So in essence, my desktop PC acts like an external hard drive. The data is still available, but I have to connect to it to access it. But it's not as much of a hassle as it would seem because I rarely, if ever, need to access the 5% of music I barely listen to. :black:

    June 2007
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    Thanks. I had been leaning towards an external drive, but wanted to get some feedback from other owners as well.

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    All my music is still on my PC in APE fomat (lossless, but with about 50% compression).

    If I were to move the files over to my MacBook, I would tend to favour an external drive.

    I assume your music is already in a compressed format?

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    As far as compression, formats and lossless talk, I'm a bit uneducated. My albums were imported into iTunes with AAC encoder and 128 kbps since that was the default.
    With the extra space on the external drive, I know I can handle higher quality recordings, but could you explain the difference between the AAC, Apple Lossless, etc?
    And would I be able to tell the difference between 128kbps and 192? Also, I'm guessing I'd have to re-record all my CDs into iTunes if I was to get a higher quality?

    It seems the majority of people favor the external and I picked up a great compact drive that is 160GB, but compact enough to carry around with the laptop.

    Sorry for showing my lack of computer skills so blatantly!

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambaud View Post
    All my music is still on my PC in APE fomat (lossless, but with about 50% compression).

    If I were to move the files over to my MacBook, I would tend to favour an external drive.

    I assume your music is already in a compressed format?

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    Get the external. I doubt you listen to all of your music regularly anyway, and it'll be cheaper.

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    I had a external USB hard drive for the longest time, but it got very annoying carrying around another device and using one of my USB ports. So I upgraded the internal drive and couldn't be happier

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    Scott R,

    Only your ears can tell if you can hear a difference between 128kps and 192kps - and whether the difference is siginifcant.

    Personally, I have found there are too many variables to come to a categoric answer - e.g. the listening environment, type of music, type of headphones/speakers, DAC etc all have an impact.

    It usually boils down to a trade off between file size and quality. As hard drive space is now so cheap (compared to a few years ago), I am not so bothered about big files - though that could change if one was using an iPod etc.

    Some tech info at this website :

    http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/...howtopic=36465

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