I've done a quick scan of the forums to see if something similar to this question exists, but without taking over someone's thread, I didn't see a good way to pose my query... so here goes.
I try to aim for a few photos per shoot (usually landscape, but discussion here isn't limited to landscape) that I really absolutely adore -- ones that, if I had the wall space, I might print (or that I might sell if I ever wrap my head around what that entails). So the question is, given that I won't want to touch heavily the photos I'm not going to print, what do I do with those [more or less unwanted/not heavily edited] RAW files?
Points: yes, hard drive space is cheap, but I'd like to have my files all on the local disk. (Or maybe I'm just plain wrong to assume that LR runs slower on attached storage...) Either way, I'd also want to back up the drive the .CR2 files are on, so that makes two backup volumes -- local and that photos HD. If I'm wrong about LR running slower on remote volumes, then one choice is pretty simple... I'll keep shooting RAW, dump onto the external instead of my local drive, and keep all RAW files.
Now for the processing part. I've spent about three hours so far on about 132 files. Most of these images (I think I really liked only two) are going to either get trashed (flagged as rejected) or are going to get converted to JPEG with a few corrections -- horizon, saturation boost, sometimes an exposure adjustment if things are really bad. However, because these aren't my best photos, I think I could live with them being JPEGs from camera -- skips the post-processing step. So the question here is, for those who shoot RAW only, why not shoot RAW+JPEG if it's not for client work? In this case, I could see going through all the JPEGs and noting which few could be great photos and editing only those. I'm only looking at the JPEGs for the sake of nostalgia, so why not save myself the hassle and not deal with their RAW files at all? Currently, LR is also my catalog; it'd just be a lot easier to open up an image viewing program rather than LR if I want to "remember the time when."
Sorry for the long ramble... I wanted to explain my thinking and ask the question, so this post got a bit longer than I expected. :/