Best Storage Config for LR

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ryanide, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. ryanide, Dec 17, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2015

    ryanide macrumors 6502

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    I know this has been asked many times and I have read through many of the posts. I'm looking to upgrade my system that will primarily be used for Lightroom and photography.

    I'm currently using a rMBP (2.7Ghz i7/16GB/512SSD) with a Thunderbolt LED display. My 100K image catalog is 196GB that I store on the SSD and the Photo images are 1.5TB stored on a Thunderbolt 3TB WD RAID (2-drive). I backup both to a 10TB NAS plus use Time Machine for the system BU.

    I have had many sleep/wake problems that I believe is related to the Thunderbolt chain, so I'm considering moving away from that when going to the new iMac.

    Do you think it is best to go with a 3TB Fusion drive and put both my Catalog and the Image files on it? Or, go with a similar setup to what I have now, with a 512SSD to store the Catalog while keeping the Images on the Thunderbolt Drive?

    As far as performance for using LR, which storage option is going to be optimal?
    I would buy the 4Ghz i7/395X/32GB + ??

    Hopefully someone else has already done a similar setup and can offer advice. Thanks.


    P.S. If I do use the Fusion drive to store everything, then I would probably use the old Thunderbolt drive as an additional backup drive.
     
  2. desmond2046 macrumors regular

    desmond2046

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    I am a LR user and have about 500GB raw image files (dated back to 2007). I am happy with my 2TB Fusion drive because I really like to keep everything on one drive. The Fusion drive is as fast as the old SSDs I have been used to.

    I also keep all the raw image files backup on Microsoft OneDrive (It offered unlimited storage but it is no longer the case...). I always trust the cloud more than a physical drive.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    That's basically my setup. I couldn't fit everything on a 512GB SSD, the 2TB Fusion drive made the most sense. I went for the 2TB Fusion drive, so I'd have the larger flash storage.
     
  4. ryanide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm liking the idea of having the catalog and image files all on the main Fusion drive. Seems like it would work better. Thanks for the input.
     

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