N/APosted on - 11/01/2011
I have got an older I mac still running on panther that seems like it would be a perfect place to store all of my music instead of on an external hard drive. What are the pros and cons of running music on an older computer vs plugging in an external hard drive?
Using Older Mac for music/movie server
It’s your choice whether to use your old computer for storing all of your music files or use an external hard drive instead. There’s no problem with that. It will not make your audio files less of a music. As long as you know that the hard drive of your old computer is still physically fit to store any files then you may do so. Before copying all of your audio files to the computer, scan first the hard drive for any errors. If it has a disk utility application installed on it, run it to check the hard drive for any possible file structure errors. You may also want to scan the hard drive physically for any possible bad sector.
Most of the hard drive uses or has a built-in SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) system. It is a self-diagnostic system that enables the hard drive to test its own health and reliability and reports an anticipated failure to prevent further data loss. You will know if your hard drive uses SMART by going to the BIOS, it will show its own self-diagnostic tool.