Where do you store your photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Shacklebolt, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    So, as my photo library passes the 1TB mark, I'm wondering where everyone keeps their photo libraries and how they access them. In an ideal world I could store them all on my MBP, but that is of course not an option, and as I move to my third external hard drive, I wonder how everyone else has gone about confronting this problem.

    Thoughts welcome!
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    My working library is on an internal drive in my Mac Pro. This gets backed up every night to a Windows Home Server-based storage server (with folder duplication turned on for redundancy), which in turn gets manually backed up to bare drives stored in a separate location.

    edit: When I return from a trip with my MBP I export my photos to a library and import that library into my primary library. The primary library is where ownership of the files resides.
  3. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    All images are on an external firewire 800 (2tb) drive which is mirrored internally in the device and also backed up to another drive for off site storage
  4. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
  5. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    1. LR catalog on partition of internal drive in MBP
    2. Current working images on same partition
    3. Old images (i.e. non-current projects) on 1TB external
    4. Second 1TB external for backup

    Works well for me.
  6. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

    Mar 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    At home working files are on internal RAID1 mirrored drives while archives are stored on a couple ReadyNAS units.

  7. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    All are managed by Aperture and stored on my 1TB data drive. This gets backed up to another drive via Time Machine, and to a third drive via Aperture Vault.

    I also save copies of all RAWs to the third drive during each import (this folder also gets backed up via Time Machine)

    Finally, I have another Aperture Vault on a small portable external that I update a couple times per month and keep offsite at my office.
  8. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    4 x 1 tb Nas (raid 5 and a hot spare), backed up again to separe stand alone drives and hidden in my garage.
  9. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    2TB drive on my Mac Pro for my Aperture library. Haven't worked out what to do when that's full, but hopefully 3TB will be mainstream by then.

    Backup done to a 1.5TB external at the moment, needing something bigger though.
  10. someoldguy macrumors 68000

    Aug 2, 2009
    2 1TB External FW drives plus dvd storage of the stuff I really like.
  11. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan

    1. download into Aperture 3 (iMac i7 8GB RAM 2TB int HD)
    2. eject SD card
    3. Manual force immediate timecapsule back-up (2 TB ext HD)
    4. upon timecapsule done, then I format the SD card in camera
    I don't have offsite back-up, but once/month I transfer the entire Aperture library + my documents folder (for word/excel/taxes/etc) to the basement External HD, a 1TB drive.
    Hope that if fire/etc hits either the basement or 2nd floor loft will survive.
  12. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    I really like your sequence and process on this. Time to incorporate it into my routine. Thanks!
  13. Hitrate macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009
    Check out chase jarvis on youtube/vimeo if you wanna get really geeky and safe with the backing up and storing of video/picture files.
  14. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chandler, AZ/Chicago, IL
    Thats a good idea if you have a $100,000USD+ budget.lol
  15. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    for those of you who use lightroom how do you handle backups. I tried moving some photos off to my external and it was a pain to manually relink all of the photos since Lightroom is only smart enough in my experience to find photos in the folder you've shown it. So since my photos are organized into date-folders, that is a LOT of re-linking.

    Thoughts on how to improve this?
  16. RHVC59 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Eugene, Oregon
  17. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    I have the LR3 library on the internal disk, images on one FW800 external. Then Carbon Copy Cloner to clone both of those drives to other externals. I recently migrated the LR library from an old to a new machine and the "new" LR found the library and the photos without a hitch (but see below).

    Create a parent folder from within Lightroom (right/control click on one of the uppermost folders in the tree and choose "Add parent folder"). LR then "sees" the parent folder and will only need to reference that if resynchronising or updating the location. Back up first!
  18. georgemann macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2005
    Seattle, Washington & Siem Reap, Cambodia
    1. If you shoot a lot, you have to buy a lot of storage space, that is just common sense.

    2. It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it more than one time (ask your girlfriend). In other words, back-up, back-up, back-up.

    3. My personal recommendation is to first save a copy manually (using the finder) before you involve your preferred image processing software. This copy should never be touched and be considered the 'Original' image file. I keep these drives off-line (some photographers prefer off-premises) and only attach them, when I need to make a new copy from the 'Original' image file.
  19. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore
    two 4tb Western HDs, one for files, one for Time Machine. All images managed by Aperture and not as referenced images. I have a couple of offline externals to do periodic backups of A3 libraries as well. I also keep all original unedited photos on CDs, just in case.

    I looked at DROBO, but was scared off by some of the recovery stories. The Western drives are cheap, quiet, and have a quad interface (Firewire 400/800, SATA, USB). Amazon usually has the best pricing. The 4tb is really two 2tb drives, which theoretically can be yanked (the cover just flips up)... although usually it is the enclosures that fail first, and not the drive. They usually run about $380 for 4tb.

    Western also have some new 3tb drives, hopefully these will work their way into the enclosures to offer a 6tb solution.

    I actually run the A3 libraries off my internal drives for speed, the libraries are pretty big.
  20. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    Be careful with those 4TB drives. If they are showing up as a single 4TB drive, that means they are raid 0 and if either drive fails, you lose all of the data. If feasible, it is much safer to use the drives as a pair of 2TB drives, so you only lose half the data if one dies.

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