Recently, the 1 TB external disk attached to my iMac exceeded 90% of its capacity. I’ve had this external drive for almost 5 years and it has taken me that long to fill it up. The drive contains all of our media files (iTunes music, movies, TV shows), locally stored photos (iPhoto), and software installation binaries. The original external drive was a 1 TB WD My Book. It has been very reliable for the entire time I’ve had it, so earlier this week, I ordered another one and it arrived today.
The new external disk has a 3 TB capacity. I moved all of the media files (music, movies, TV shows) to the new drive, and left the photos and installation binaries on the old one. This should give us plenty of local disk capacity into the foreseeable future. Indeed, if you count the 1 TB drive that came with my iMac, we now have a 5 terabytes of local storage capacity. I can still remember 20 years ago when 40 megabytes seemed like an enormous hard disk for your PC.
I’ve configured to the new external disk to be backed up by CrashPlan (not everything, just those things that are not synced to the cloud via iTunes Match) and I imagine it will take a day or two for those backups to run. In the meantime, it feels good to have the new space.