2 Replies Latest reply on May 4, 2016 7:34 AM by trshaner

    Storing RAW files on a network disk. Does it work?

    Jedrak

      So I have a problem with my wife :-). We both work with photos and currently have all the photos and the LR library on one computer.

       

      The database and thumbnail prevs are on an SSD drive for the sake of speed abd the RAW files are on conventional storage. The problem is that we are arguing whose turn it is to use the desktop computer. So I was thinking about sharing the same RAW photos, NOT SHARING THE SAME LIBRARY.

       

      1. My idea is to have two computers with SSD drives and first duplicate the library so that we start with the same set of photos and settings.

      2. Then I install the disk with the RAW photos on a network drive: a small server, a router with HDD connectivity etc. and point both libraries to the same location

      3. Afterwards I will be working on my library and mi wife on hers. The libraries will gradually change their content but the RAW photos will remain on the network drive.

       

      QUESTIONS:

       

      1. Is current wifi technology fast enough to handle this type of use? SATA drives are faster that wifi I suppose, but will I notice a big difference assuming that the thumbnails (previews) are stored and generated on the local machines?

      2. Can anyone suggest which equipment to choose in order to have a trouble free operation of the system?

      3. Is there a way to protect RAW files from being moved to a different location or renamed? For example my wife creates a folder and names it 'my kids' birthdya' and imports photos there. I know that she often makes typos so from my computer I will import the folder to my library (to have access to the same set of photos) and change the name to 'my kids' birthday'. This will rename a physically existing folder on the HDD so my wife will lose access to it once the folder name has changed. Any ideas to prevent such problems?

      4. Is there a function which lets LR watch certain folders for new folders\files automatically so that when my wife imports a new photo shoot, it will appear automatically in my library as well?

       

      In general I would like to have some feedback from specialists whether my ideal is OK or not. Or maybe there is another solution to my problem? Internet cloud storage is out of the question because my internet is not that fast (I live in a forest area and rely only on wireless internet, no cable or fiberoptics).

        • 1. Re: Storing RAW files on a network disk. Does it work?
          dj_paige Level 9

          Answers

          1. It depends on your wifi, I would think. Certainly, some wifi will be fast enough. I think the only way to know is to try it out.
          2. Sorry, I can't
          3. In your operating system, you can Lock the folders (make them read only), but of course this can still be overridden. The better approach, in my opinion, is to agree that once you name something, the rule is that you don't rename it. And beyond that, even better would be to use keywords, captions and other metadata structures to organize instead of folder names, in which case renaming within your catalog is not a problem. (Of course, there are many other advantages to using Lightroom structures to organize instead of folder organization)
          4. Yes, you can set up a "Watch Folder" in Lightroom so that it will automatically import new photos in that folder.
          • 2. Re: Storing RAW files on a network disk. Does it work?
            trshaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Jedrak wrote:

             

            So I have a problem with my wife :-). We both work with photos and currently have all the photos and the LR library on one computer.

             

            1. My idea is to have two computers with SSD drives and first duplicate the library so that we start with the same set of photos and settings.

            2. Then I install the disk with the RAW photos on a network drive: a small server, a router with HDD connectivity etc. and point both libraries to the same location

            3. Afterwards I will be working on my library and mi wife on hers. The libraries will gradually change their content but the RAW photos will remain on the network drive.

            Since you will both be working "separately" on the raw files there is no real advantage to having the original files located on a drive that is shared by both users.

             

            You can accomplish your objectives with much less effort and cost using two separate USB 3.0 external drives. USB 3.0 drives provide transfer rates on par with Gigabit Ethernet, which is much higher performance than Wi-Fi connectivity. The only downside is that you will need to manually import new camera files on both systems. This is actually a plus if you use a USB 3.0 Card Reader, since it uses a fast and reliable wired connection for loading new files on each system.

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