Using Time Capsule for extra storage for Lightroom?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by alexxk, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. alexxk macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    Hello All,

    I need a new computer to edit my lightroom photos. Since the new Macbook saw a price bump I'm thinking about getting the base macbook and getting a 2 TB time capsule to store my photos.

    Questions is, how does lightroom perform having the photos stored in an wireless drive? My photos have 25-27MB as I shoot raw photos..

    Has anyone tried and what has been your experience?
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    I would only expect a painful experience out of that. TC (wireless) speeds are not really meant for this.
    The only thing I would trust to TC is long-time archival of your files. But then again, USB3.0 drive gets you there as well, only cheaper.
    A working set of your files and scratch disk should be as local as possible.
    I personally use still Aperture and I can edit my 24Mp raw files with OK performance on Thunderbolt-connected external SSD (about 400MBps throughput). Once done, I archive them on external USB-drive.
    From TC wirelessly, you can expect about 20MBps and 50MBps wired.
    You will find some real-world performance figures of TimeCapsule in this forum as well.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I agree.

    OP> The TC is an okay backup device but absolutely horrible when used as a NAS like you are suggesting. The transfer speeds are awful and you will want to gouge your eyes out.
  4. alexxk thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    Thanks guys... very helpful, I will look into better options
  5. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    I would probably get a thunderbolt 3 drive on ssd, and make the most of it.

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