Internal Drive Or External Drive?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Okay so I am looking to get a Mac mini to use as a jukebox for my music collection. My music collection is worth 190.68 GBs. I wanted to buy a new larger hard drive to replace my 400 GB external drive.

What would be best, installing it internally or keeping it external? The reason I ask is because I do not want the hard drive to crash and then lose all that music. Any advice would be great.


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    drumsticksdrumsticks Posts: 315member
    It shouldn't make any difference if it is external or internal. Drives will fail if they will.

    The only difference is an internal drive will be knocked around (physically) less, and will probably remain spinning the whole time, which is good for the motors. Starts and stops often on an external drive (if you turn it on and off) is bad. But otherwise, there is little difference.
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    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Okay thanks for the advice.

    Now I am thinking about get an iMac 17" for this need.

    Do you think the Seagate 750 GB DB35 would be a good fit in either iMac or mini?
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    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Considering the mini has a 2.5-inch drive, no, not really.
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    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    But it should be fine for the iMac?
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    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Yep. Make sure you get the Serial ATA version.
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    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Great! Thank you
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