Lacie 4TB Pro USB-c desktop drive for Photo library?

macj3

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I'm settling in with our new 27" iMac, 1TB SSD, originally I was going to use a SamsungT5 1tb external drive for the photo library (600GB now) using it's lifespan and speed to make Photos run nicely (light PS Elements use) . But the Lacie pro drive is an USB-C enterprise drive with a 5 year warranty. The larger Lacie would get gobs of extra storage for future photos and Videos, Dvd's etc. which would keep the iMac "lean and mean" So....Both are USB-C, the list price is the same...199.00 ....1TB vs 4TB,.....SSD vs Enterprise spinning disc,....3year warranty vs 5 year warranty......any thoughts?
 

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riginally I was going to use a SamsungT5 1tb external drive for the photo library (600GB now)
Keeping 20% free space means you would only have 200 GB available for new photos.

SSD vs Enterprise spinning disc,
I spent a fortune on an enterprise drive and it failed. Sticking to consumer drives now.

3year warranty vs 5 year warranty.
Obvious advantage to 5 year. But also consider the fact that storage costs keep dropping. How much are you paying for that extra two years? Replacing the disk at the 3 year mark (at a considerably lower cost) if it fails might make more sense.
 

macj3

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Keeping 20% free space means you would only have 200 GB available for new photos.

I was planning on 10% and I realize the value of the free space with the internal for proper performance, but is the free space needed/important on external storage drives?

I spent a fortune on an enterprise drive and it failed. Sticking to consumer drives now.

I've had good luck with external drives. Only one failed and it failed within 6 months.

Obvious advantage to 5 year. But also consider the fact that storage costs keep dropping. How much are you paying for that extra two years? Replacing the disk at the 3 year mark (at a considerably lower cost) if it fails might make more sense.
I thought the 5year would balance/make up for, the life span between the Lacie HD and the SSD. (with an SSD being, in theory a longer life span vs a HD)

My concern would be the "performance", using the SSD vs the HD when keeping the photo library on an external drive and using Photos or PS Elements on the iMac.
 

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I was planning on 10% and I realize the value of the free space with the internal for proper performance, but is the free space needed/important on external storage drives?
Generally 20% is a minimum, regardless of location. I ran a provisioning program on a NAS which told me that for best performance I needed to keep 30% free.

I've had good luck with external drives. Only one failed and it failed within 6 months.
Glad you've had good luck. I've lost count of the number of external drives I have had to replace.

(with an SSD being, in theory a longer life span vs a HD)
Not sure if this is true. One web reference says if you do a lot of writes a HD has a longer life:

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/ssd-last-longer-than-hdd.2961841/