Hey, I recently had some problems with my computer. It was the graphics card and it's fixed now, luckily it was covered by my home insurance. Anyway, after I got it back from the repair, I decided to do a clean install and only restore the stuff I really want. (some how I managed to fill the whole 500Gb over the years) I'm now in the process of importing old photos from my time machine backup, since I don't want a complete restore. Going forward, I don't want to use the timemachine function anymore, I just want to have the important files backed up neatly in folders and files. That way I can also access the files through my iphone or remotely via any other computer. The backup HD is also a NAS. What are the differences between having the Aperture photo library as folders & pictures (a lá iTunes with it's music library) in the photos directory vs having a single library file? Does it affect speed? If there is some noticeable affect on performance by choosing a single library file, can I some how (automatically) backup the photos from the library file in to folders and files on the backup HD? If there is no difference, then basically I would like to have the photos stored in folders on my computer and then somehow automatically backed-up to the external HD, periodically. Is there some program for this? Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!