So, I've quickly ran out of room on my internal HDD (mind you I have six drives) for images that I've taken. I purchased a Netgear ReadyNAS 104 and so far it has been a breeze. It transferred all of my data in under 2 hours to the NAS, but a few points I guess I'm struggling to find good answers for.
1) It seems that you can't store the catalogs on the NAS (which is a really huge bummer, especially since I do everything on my workstation instead of a laptop) but I'm concerned with keeping the catalog on my local machine. I'm afraid it will get too large then I'll be fubared. I typically build my catalog with the smart previews. My question is: How large would a catalog really get if you are building smart previews? Do I need to worry about the drive running out space once I get a large volume of pictures or is it really not storing that much data in the catalog?
2) Has anyone actually edited their images across the network from the NAS into lightroom, or would the better workflow be to load them onto local disk as well as make a backup to the NAS, then do the edits on the locally stored files? Once the local images are edited back those up to the NAS?
Hopefully that made sense. Kinda made my head hurt trying to type it out! ha!