First of all I have made lots of mistakes. And then I believe I have compounded them over time and I am now looking for some help. Please be kind-- i know I have been stupid and i know i need to make some changes. When I had a backup external hard drive fail I got very nervous and lost some images....I have done some professional work but mainly am an amateur photographer. i am also a genealogist so lots of old photo retouching, cemetery photos and lots of scanned documents to contend with. I think I lack some rudimentary understanding if how the various programs and devices work with each other and need a cookbook style solution. So here is what I have: 2009 Macbook Pro 256GB HD maxed out Seagate external 1TB HD Carbonite ( but only backs up what is on MBP not external Aperture 3.0 I did not upgrade to Snow leopard because of memory issues IPAD 3 with Photogenie which I love for most editing but then how to upload edited photos to MBP Issues with unreferenced files unable to find originals on MBP Multiple copies of photos Iphoto is not where I work should I? What should my work flow look like? I use Photo genie on vacation and then wish to upload to MBP What I need: A systematic approach for dealing with new photos (start doing it right) To be able to organize all files so they are easy to find (fixing my messes) I am okay with how to organize into subjects-- folders --projects ( I think) I am not okay with where to store and how to access To add another layer to the conundrum i am ready to upgrade to a new IMACs or MacBook pro or Air and do not know which way to go. I prefer the touch pad to a mouse. i do not know how touch pads for desk tops compare. Since i now have na IPAD my laptop is essentially a desktop. So i guess I am asking for a suggestion for work flow and a suggestion for what to buy when i upgrade in the next few months. i would love to know thoughts on HD size and type. Where to locate masters. My tendency because of previous problems is to just upload to HD then import into Aperture--- but then what about Iphoto....Help????? i know there is not just one answer but would really appreciate different thoughts ideas etc.