MacStadium Knowledge Base

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I add an external hard drive to a server?

Yes. We currently offer external hard drives starting at $10 per month per drive. You can add up to two dedicated 2.5” external 1TB (1,000GB), 2TB, or 4TB USB 3.0 bus-powered hard drives for your Mac. With an external drive attached, you can have a simple, robust backup, and/or expanded capacity solution. You can partition the external 2.5″ drive(s) as you like via the operating system on your server. Available add-ons for your server are accessible within your customer dashboard under the Add-Ons tab within the details of your subscription(s).


We recommend making one partition at least the same size as the internal drive in your Mac and then have it clone each night using either the included macOS Time Machine backup tools or a third party tool like SuperDuper! which allows you to boot from the external drive right away in the event of a failure or other disaster on your internal drive. The remaining space can be used as a secondary partition to use as you desire.


We can also colocate your own external hard drive as long as it meets our size and power requirements. Colocated 2.5” external hard drives can have USB or Thunderbolt connectivity and must be bus-powered.