Hi, I have been using Aperture for years now and wanted to improve the way I manage, backup and archive my library. Intro & Management I now have about 250gb of photos. Using a macbook pro with 500gb hard drive. Plenty of space on external hard drives (6tb+). I leave Aperture to organise my library and store my photos ("managed" rather than "referenced" as its neater and then I don't lose files or references). Archiving I haven't got an organised system for this, normally I go along until my aperture library is too big and then I select the some old projects, export them as a new library, delete the the projects from my original library and move the old library to the external drives. (There are 2 ext. hdd's one is a clone of the other so its backed up anyway). Now the problem is that I just have a load of old libraries "Archive 1" etc... with no idea whats in them until I load them up. I was wondering how people archive old projects. Separated into a library for each project or a library for each month?! Backup I just use time machine for this. What is the vault and why would I use that as well as TM? TM backs up hourly to an external 1tb hard drive (dedicated to TM). Thanks for the help!