My work laptop will be "retired" with a fresh Win7 install. It is an i7 4700MQ@2.4GHz, 16 GB, 256 GB primary SSD, 512 GB secondary SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M. It was an amazing machine for work, but now it gets to live the rest of its less than 1 year life as I had secretly intended, a mobile editing workstation.
I currently use a MBP Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD with Aperture and DxO Optics. I've been happy with my current workflow with my biggest complaints are related to lack of space on my primary HD and a poorly organized library. I just started off one way, changed how I wanted to manage my files (single to multiple libraries), ran out of room on this external drive, tried an NAS, etc etc.
So I have decided to take advantage of the LR/PS deal being offered by Adobe. Not wanting to make the same kinds of mistakes and retrospective regrets, I am hoping to get some final advice before I download and set up.
I am thinking of taking advantage of the smart preview feature and have that and a single catalog on the secondary 512GB drive. I was thinking of saving the files as RAW and not PSD files on an eSATA 2 x 2 TB RAID 1 external drive. But since it is a laptop, I know there will be times where I will not have the RAID drive with me and will still want to import and edit. In this case I was assuming that I could just save the files onto my local drive or another external drive and then transfer them within LR to the RAID. My last round of backup is copying the memory card to the HD and then to a Blu ray disc.
Does this sound reasonable?