I am preparing to upgrade my external storage, which I use for my iTunes library. Currently, I have a WD Elements 2TB drive which is almost 3 years old and nearly full, hence the upgrade.
This time. I have decided to pair an OWC ministack with my mac mini, putting either a 3TB or 4TB drive in to becoming the main iTunes drive. (Reason for the ministack is I want/need more USB ports, so this kills two birds with one stone, rather than getting a new external drive plus a powered hub).
I was leaning toward the 4tb WD Green drive, as i think it's a good price point (about what I spent on the 2TB drive 3 years ago), so I should be good for at least another 3 years. However, as I was reading reviews, I did gain some concerns over the park timing. Most posts on this seem to indicate in order for me to change the timing, i need a windows desktop with a SATA connection in order to do it (and I do not have a windows desktop).
Can i still do the command over a usb connection? and does the drive become a decent purchase, once the setting is turned off?
My other idea was to get a WD Red in 3tb, as it is still in the same price range of ~135, even if I am giving up a TB. I am getting better about keeping my library clean, so I could likely live with the trade off, if things make sense.
honed in on WD because I've predominantly bought their drives over the last 15 years, and knock wood haven't had too many hiccups.
Would a Green drive be safe to use for iTunes? Or another option? In terms of usage, I typically only stream to one AppleTV. On rare occassions do I run two streams at once, and 98% of my files are not massive HD files.
thanks for the assistance