I have a 2008 MBP which is showing signs of aging and I'm thinking of replacing with a newer MBP or MBA. The 2008 laptop has a 1TB HHD in which I've accumulated almost 300GB of family snaps and videos in iPhoto. My confusion is, with such limited space in the newer machines, how should I solve for the lack of space. I know an external hard drive is an alternative but it comes with inconvenience of having the drive connected every time we want to view the snaps. Also, all of my system is backed into Time Machine on an external drive. If I had another external drive for iPhoto Library in the new machine, will it be backed up in time Machine? And I hate the idea of backing up to dropbox or third party services. Wish these damn SSDs didn't cost an arm or the newer machines were user upgradable. Those long time mac users, how did you solve for this dilemma when you upgraded.