This has crept up on me.
I have one catalog with 100K + images,
it runs a little slow, particularily searches.
Imports seem slow but I have no real reference point.
I import CR2 5d2 files usely 300 - 700 at a time.
I run the relaunch & optimize regularily
MacPro 3.0ghz daul core, 10 Gb ram, OSX 10.5.8, LR 2.6
4 internal Drives
1 250GB boot , apps & the catalog
2 160GB misc.
3 500GB exported processed by LR images
4 500GB imported unprocessed referenced images
I have backed up to 2 x 1 TB usb just for storage
I have on hand empty and unused :
2 x 1.5 TB internal HDs
2 x 2.0 TB external HDs FW 400
Can anyone advise on what I should do ? AND how ?
I think that maybe I should break up into smaller catalog / libraries
by year ?
Any thoughts ?
I'm clearly a little weary
100K isn't a huge Library, there are plenty of users with bigger Libraries.
The main issue might be your internal drive speeds, are they all 7200rpm drives? Ideally put the Catalog on the fastest of your drives. How much space is left on the 250GB? Are you running low?
USB2 and FW400 are relatively slow compared with FW800 and SATA (which your internal drives are), to go faster still there are slid state drives, but they are pricey and don't yet have the capacity of the mechanical drives on the market. (This situation will improve as time goes by).
I'd be tempted to swap the 250 GB for one of the 1.5TB drives (clone it using SuperDuper) and maybe the same with the 160GB drive.
Then you need to ask yourself whether all the images in your catalog are needed. If they are then keep on with the Catalog. If not you might want to split them into something like Keepers and 'the rest'. If you do split them then date order within the Catalog still makes sense or you might get into the tangle of an image which has to be in two places!
Splitting catalogs by year is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. You lose all search capability other than within a year. You then cannot find all photos from 2008 and 2009 that match some criteria.
Splitting catalogs into non-overlapping subject matter areas — such as personal and work — is a reasonable idea since you probably never want to search for pictures that have some personal element in it and also some business element in it.
thanks so much for the replies
I was thinking of more along the lines of work, personal work, family
How do go about that ?
select and export as catalog and that preserves keywords changes etc
What's your opinion on free space for the catalog HD ?
Is a 1.5TB overkill for a catalog ?,
the referenced files would be on a different HD
The FW 400 HDs I had in mind just to export processed files to which wouldn't
be worked on again just burned for client and kept as backups.
How much difference does the connection make for the HD with the referenced files ?
I was thinking
wipe it, reinstall with only boot & apps on the 160GB
move catalog to the 250GB, can you do this without losing the LR connection ?
Can I move the referenced files from one HD to another without having to relink each folder ?
Processed & export files are stand alone, no connection to LR.
to end up something like this
HD 1 : OSX apps 160GB
HD2 : Catalog 250GB
HD3 : referenced files 1.5 TB
HD4 : processed exported 1.5 TB
Backup of ref files
Backup of processed files
HDs are all 7200rpm
the 250 has 16+ gb free
the 500s are nearly ful