Help Me Understand the Fusion Drive for Lightroom

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ohsnaphappy, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. ohsnaphappy macrumors regular

    ohsnaphappy

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    I shoot around 40 weddings a year, each wedding is around 30GB.

    I would like your opinion on my current workflow plan because I'm struggling with the concept of sequential vs random read/write times.

    My plan is to keep one wedding on my Fusion Drive in Lightroom, at 30GB, I assume the whole experience will be blazing fast.

    But my question is this : should I keep my other weddings on a LaCie Little Big Disk? Or on the 5400RPM HDD inside the iMac? The LaCie offers read/write times around 200MB/S via Thunderbolt. But apparently that's only true for sequential transfers. Random access is more like 1.5MB/S. Yikes.

    While I'm editing my main wedding on the Fusion Drive, there are instances where I need to access the other weddings momentarily, I just don't know if I would have fast access to these other weddings with the LaCie, can you guys help me understand? Thanks so much!
     
  2. CarloUK macrumors member

    CarloUK

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    A remote firewire drive will be more than adequate for your archive work
     
  3. Kadath macrumors regular

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    Keep your library database on the fusion disk, but keep the files themselves on an external drive. I am personally using the Gdrive 8TB thunderbolt G-Raid for this with my images. Highly recommended.
     
  4. H&J Studios macrumors newbie

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    Create a new catalog for each wedding shot. Render times will be a lot faster. I have everything on an usb3 external drive.
     

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