Lowner wrote in post #15193730
Unlike fashionrider, my RAW's go straight into my "Raw storage" file in the external hard drive using the same folder they arrived in. I don't find any difference in time uploading into DPP from there compared to the internal hard drive, if there is a difference its tiny.
Plumtreelad wrote in post #15202743
Lowner, just to lcarify, you go straight from camera/card reader to External hard drive and then copy across to DPP (presumably in RAW) those that you select for editing etc. Once you have edited do you convert to Jpeg and save on computer hard drive or do you have directories on external drive?
If I'm correct, what Richard/Lowner is saying is that he puts the Raw files in his external drive and then uses DPP to open and process them right from the external drives, and hasn't noticed performance/speed issues. As to where he stores images that he's edited, well he doesn't say in this comment.
What I do is bring my Raw files into an internal "data" drive, creating a folder specific to a shoot including a date and description. I rarely go beyond Raw processing and then I export chosen images to jpegs -- these go right onto an external "library" drive using the same folder names, specifically for uploading to my host PBase. Occasionally I'll "publish" to Facebook, these are typically different from my PBase uploads because I like to take advantage of the Facebook "Full Screen" feature that displays a larger image than the ones I upload to PBase. Those I keep to the POTN limit of 1024 pixels at the widest/tallest, whereas the Facebook ones I size to 11600 pixels at the widest and about 1024 at the highest, which height matches my screen resolution.
Jpegs that I use for prints are sized for my desired print size and resolution/ppi and saved separately.
Some people routinely delete the jpegs once they've posted or printed them, but I haven't bothered to. I like to keep them as an archive and as a quick reference.
So, an image may have three "Master folders" for jpegs, for example, "2012 PBase", "2012 Facebook" and "2012 Prints". And then, the subfolder for the actual images would use the original folder name for the shoot.
And then, after my short-term work, I move the actual folder/Raw images into the external drive, into another "parent", "2012 Shoots".
But note that I have technology that is a few years old. I use the internal drive to minimize performance issues, but newer technology is getting very nice performance-wise!