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Imac, LR6 and external storage.

 
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Dec 13, 2018 09:42 |  #1

I have a late 2015 iMac 27' - i5, 1TB, etc. I use LR6 for all my images - I import everything into LR and I have never deleted an image. I got a warning yesterday evening exclaiming that I am nearly out of space! Come to find out there are more than 39,000 in my LR library.....!

I freed up a little bit of space to get rid of the warning, however, I want to move that LR library to an external drive. I used to have 2 WD drives long, long ago. One still works, the other is dead, and I remember them being extremely slow. I am unsure of which route to go in 2019? Can I move everything to an external HDD and still function seamlessly? I'm not really a technical guy, so simple and effective is what I'm looking for. Essentially, I want to keep doing what I'm doing without filling up my internal HDD and slowing things down.

I realize this is pretty basic stuff, but there's just too much out there to sort through right now. I'm super busy with work and the holidays are here + I'm going to have a new nephew or niece in a couple weeks, so time is not really on my side at the moment.

I would really appreciate any tips or advice! Thank you all very much!


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Dec 13, 2018 10:29 |  #2

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I have a late 2015 iMac 27' - i5, 1TB, etc. I use LR6 for all my images - I import everything into LR and I have never deleted an image. I got a warning yesterday evening exclaiming that I am nearly out of space! Come to find out there are more than 39,000 in my LR library.....!

I freed up a little bit of space to get rid of the warning, however, I want to move that LR library to an external drive. I used to have 2 WD drives long, long ago. One still works, the other is dead, and I remember them being extremely slow. I am unsure of which route to go in 2019? Can I move everything to an external HDD and still function seamlessly? I'm not really a technical guy, so simple and effective is what I'm looking for. Essentially, I want to keep doing what I'm doing without filling up my internal HDD and slowing things down.

I realize this is pretty basic stuff, but there's just too much out there to sort through right now. I'm super busy with work and the holidays are here + I'm going to have a new nephew or niece in a couple weeks, so time is not really on my side at the moment.

I would really appreciate any tips or advice! Thank you all very much!

Yes.

Easiest way is to move them within Lightroom, just drag your folder(s) to the new drive.


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Dec 13, 2018 10:34 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #3

That sounds easier than it should be, lol. Any drive recommendations? I really have that worry about external HDD failure that I've experienced before. Thank you so much!


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Dec 13, 2018 11:17 |  #4

Your imac 27 should have four USB 3.0-compliant ports but based on the comment "I used to have 2 WD drives long, long ago" I would suspect that those drives, even if operable are not USB 3.0 complaint, thus the reason for the rest of your statement "and I remember them being extremely slow." If they are USB 2.0 or USB 1.0 they would be compatible, but very slow. FYI, USB 3.0 dates from late 2008 but drives that were only USB 2.0 existed for several year after that.

If you want to stay with an external drive, I would suggest something like https://www.amazon.com …external+hard+d​rive&psc=1 (external link). Perhaps bump up in size to 2, 3, or 4 TB. These are USB 3.0 compliant; essentially taking advantage of the speed capabilities of USB 3.0.

I'm not an Apple person so it would not surprise me in the least for some Apple user to offer better suggestions. But you might put out a budget limit so we know how much you are willing to spend. 2TB SSD drives for instance are $400 (ballpark).




  
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Dec 14, 2018 03:42 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #5

Thank you.


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Dec 14, 2018 03:50 |  #6

The only files on your iMac should be those you are likely to work with in the short term. Everything else should be moved onto TWO external drives, each a mirror of the other. This way, in the unlikely event that one of the external drives fails, you still have all your files.

If, at some point, you wish to access 'external' files, you will probably find any decent HDD fast enough for normal use but if not, just copy the files in question back onto your iMac while you work with them.

This is my system. I also have a dedicated Time Machine drive permanently connected, performing regular automated backups.

Drives are cheap but your files are priceless!


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Dec 20, 2018 17:22 |  #7

Thanks again! I ended up ordering two of these Toshiba 2tb drives. https://www.amazon.com …age_o01_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)


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Jan 05, 2019 21:23 as a reply to  @ lucky7's post |  #8

Those drives should be great, I have my entire library and work exclusively off of my 2tb portable. I also use a 2015 IMac. I have another drive for Time machine and a boot drive.


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