1. iJuan's Avatar
    Hello iMore forums, I have a question.
    Okay, so to begin I am not very knowledgeable on Mac OS, just recently got a Mid-2014 Macbook Pro 13" Retina, and I wanna know, can I purchase an external hard drive and save everything on the external hard drive rather than on my Mac just to save storage on it?

    Thanks
    12-13-2014 08:20 PM
  2. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    Yes you can save all your files to an external drive. It's works just like it would on PC.


    Sent from my Golden Apple Six
    12-13-2014 09:37 PM
  3. ry4's Avatar
    I just purchased the mid-2014 model as well and I also purchased a 2TB portable seagate drive. I did buy the 256GB rMBP to be safe (and so I can have all my pictures from the current year on the actual computer), but everything else is on the portable drive.

    Just a side note though, the partition format will matter. When I was with Windows all my drives were NTFS, which OS X can read but not write to (or at least without some work arounds). FAT32 is cross platform but has a file size limit of 4GB and seems slower. Since I have no need to access the drive from a Windows machine I just use Apple's HFS+ and created a small (60GB partition) that is FAT32 just in the off chance I need to transfer something to a Windows machine.
    12-13-2014 09:46 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I just purchased the mid-2014 model as well and I also purchased a 2TB portable seagate drive. I did buy the 256GB rMBP to be safe (and so I can have all my pictures from the current year on the actual computer), but everything else is on the portable drive.

    Just a side note though, the partition format will matter. When I was with Windows all my drives were NTFS, which OS X can read but not write to (or at least without some work arounds). FAT32 is cross platform but has a file size limit of 4GB and seems slower. Since I have no need to access the drive from a Windows machine I just use Apple's HFS+ and created a small (60GB partition) that is FAT32 just in the off chance I need to transfer something to a Windows machine.
    Just what I was about to mention about the drive formats
    12-13-2014 09:51 PM
  5. pbehnke2003's Avatar
    FYi...if you were to use "ExFat" you can jump between both no problem. No file size limit either.
    12-21-2014 11:22 AM

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