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| p.1 #15 · Dealing with storage issues and a growing library. |
whiskey tango wrote:
So, to that, I ask... Is anyone using LR or A3 on a MBP or iMac and storing their library on an external drive? If so, how is the responsiveness? When I put my library on my internal drive of the iMac, I thought I turbo boosted the speed. From the sound of it, I'll have much better responsiveness on an external drive with thunderbolt or USB3.0. I'm leaning more towards the Thunderbolt just because of the speed difference.
Hi whiskey tango,
I went with the 2GD HDD option on my 2011 i7 iMac, this allowed mt to partition my internal drive into 4 separate 500GB partitions. 2 of these partitions are bootable...one bootable drive section for video editing with FCP, etc. installed there, the other bootable drive section for image editing with Aperture 3, CS5.5, etc. The two other non-bootable partitions are where I have either my scratch disks located or, in the case of A3, its Library.
On the desk are several 1TB or 2TB FW800 external drives. These contain backups of the projects I am currently working on, a backup of my A3 Library, along with backups of all my original files. By having these externals I can access, say, the A3 backuo library with my 15" MBP...the Library is just a disguised storage folder, afterall. Should I need a Library subfolder or original for on-the-go editing I can just grab a copy for the MBP.
The MBP has a duplicate install of all my image-editing software which generally only finds use if I'm in the video boot on the iMac and need a quick turnaround for an image off the MBP...I've got only so many eyes and fingers!
Now, granted, some folks here will probably be looking at my setup and methods and will be giving their head a good scratch as to the inelegance of it all (and probably a good laugh), but this dual computer arrangement has been working just fine for me for the past decade or so (obviously with earlier machines). NAS and or RAID solutions have gotten me curious, and I've been promising myself that I'll be putting aside some of next years budget for just that...that is, I'm not anticipating any new shiny lenses coming along. New camera bodies the following year (yeah, we all have budgets to keep).
FWIW, the folks over at OtherWorld Computing do offer a variety of iMac upgrades suitable for your 2010 i5...extra internal HDDs, SSDs and even an eSATA port for the machine...I had considered hiring them for an SSD and an eSATA port for when the 2010 iMac was a front contender, and I haven't ruled an SSD out, yet, for what I have. I have no connection with them whatsoever, just a friendly "maybe you want to take a look"...
OWC Turnkey Program for 2010 & 2011 Apple iMac:
Anyhoo, those are my methods...however primitive they may be.
Best of luck,