I am new to light room and photoshop. I will be moving all my master photos from Aperture and then using a 2 TB external drive to store my photos. I have an i mac a home and will be using a macbook air on the road. Should I create one catalog on the external drive or should I place a catalog on each computer and then sync them back and forth?
Joe, I would recoomend that you keep to one catalog and have it on the external drive. Suggest that you check "Store presets with Catalog" in Preferences>Presets as well so they areavailable to both computers.
Thank you, I kinda figured that would be the best way. I was watching some Kelby Vids and Matt K. said to keep seperate catalogs and then copy them from one computer to the other and then sync them up. that just seemed like a lot of work. Thanks for the perset tip.
A word of caution- do make sure to back up to more than one external. How you are suggesting to work is how I was working, and mirroring my photo library to a second external drive. It worked well...until the main external failed. The mirrored drive reflected the lost files- which was much of my library. As a result I lost my entire on-site photo library. I was sick. Thankfully I have a subscription to BackBlaze and as soon as I realized my library was corrupted and I could pull nothing off of it, I ordered a hard drive from them that contained it- fortunately for me the failure had happened pretty quickly and the 4 weeks of stored mirroring of my drive that BackBlaze provided containted my whole library. It was worth every penny of the $200 the drive and restore cost.
My point? Place a high importatance on redundancy. I was told that external drives fail more often/are less stable than internals. I now have the drive Back blaze sent me (which I will update monthly and store off-site), a 2nd new internal drive in my CPU which is now my main photo drive (Western Digital, Black Caviar), one external that will mirror my internal (I will be getting another external to also mirror my intenal with pics), AND I have BackBLaze.
So far as catalogs- you can set it to store a back-up copy on another drive, or even to a folder that you link to DropBox.
There are a few considerations here ...
Thank you for your thoughts, I have other back up drives that I copy my photos to, I also burn DVD'S either monthly or every other month depending on how much shooting I do and these are stored in a safe depost box. I also use Mozy for online back up but when my contract expires with them it's no longer unlimited so Inwill be looking for another option because right now on Mozy I have almost 900 GB of information. I am looking for a new online service now Imreally don't need that much storage I just took advantage of the unlimited data plan they offered.
I really lik your drop box idea that way I will always have a copy of my catalog file I case mine stops working.
These forums are great
Thanks for your answer I think I am going to keep the catalog on the 2 tb drive. I do have multiple backups including DVD's. Speed isn't really a concern with me, I am happy with how much information I can process now days, I remember the days when I had to expose the paper in the enlarger develop it, fix it, wash it and then dry it. Waiting a few nano seconds for a photo to render is no big deal.
Thanks for writing back this is my first experience with Adobe forums and it's been a real positive one
Take a look at CrashPlan. They have unlimited plans. I recently switched to them from Carbonite (also unlimited), except Cabronite throttles your upload speeds to ridiculous (almost useless) rates when you get close to 200gb (less than 1gb/day upload). I have 178gb backed up on CrashPlan (all my photos, and catalog file) as well as local backups for faster retrieval if ever needed. I was able to move all 160gb of storage (my total when I opened a plan with them) to CrashPlan in a little over 2 weeks.
Thank you for the crash plan info. I think I checked them
Our before and if you have a lot of information they will send you an external drive and you can back
It up and then mail it back to them
I am going to be looking the plans over my Mozy plan ends in June
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