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1  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Keep pix at top level? on: October 05, 2011, 07:05:42 AM
to clarify...I meant "not" in the users' folder. Hopefully, it doesn't matter, really.
2  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Workflow for separating RAWs & Derivatives on: October 05, 2011, 07:03:19 AM
Smart Collection...that would make sense. Thanks. Mary
3  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Keep pix at top level? on: October 03, 2011, 10:14:44 AM
I seem to recall that Peter suggests keeping one's photo archive at the top level of the drive -- i.e. in the mac "user's" folder. (in docs file )
Is this still a good idea or does it matter? I tend to keep all my docs and files at the top level. Yet, in the apple store recently, I was told that Apple prefers them in user folder.

Any suggestions?  Mary
4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Online backup service? on: October 01, 2011, 07:52:14 AM
Wow..a whole day. Sounds like too long for me to wait... But thanks for info.   - Mary
5  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Workflow for separating RAWs & Derivatives on: September 30, 2011, 01:56:33 PM
I have never following Peter's suggestion about keeping Raw files in a different folder from the derivatives. (BTW, I use LIghtroom on a MacPowerBook Pro) I suppose I fear that I will want to add more keywords or captions later and it would just be easier to have them side-by-side. Can anyone talk me out of this? I could change if it seemed easy.

 -- at what point do the DNGs or RAWs go their own way? AS on p135, I'm assuming I'd export the one I needed to work on as a derivative to that "derivative" folder, If guess I would do the Lightroom adjustments first  in the raw folder--  or would I dupe it and temporarily move it to the derivative folder so I can quickly archive the rest of the photos . (Which raises the question -- can you duplicate a file in LIghtroom? Hmm...I never tried that--would that be an export as an 'original'.), When I'm done with the job, I presume I'd move it to the blue raw  "archive"  and the derivatives to their own archive.

I also suppose that I'd have to be careful to keep the same or similar file names.

Sorry to still be asking these questions. I'm a slow learner...Mary

P.S. that's all the questions for today -- I've used up my quota in every category!
6  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Bootable Clone on: September 30, 2011, 01:28:02 PM
Still new to all this, though I've been following the rules.  Question: I want to make a bootable clone. Is it better to partition my new 3T drive and place it on that? Or better to use a smaller drive and take it offsite (seems safer) and then use the extra partition for, say, backing up video files from another computer or making more archives (albeit not offsite) of my photo files.  I'm guessing the first is the way to go...i.e. use small drive and extra HD space on 3T for video on 2nd computer.  --Mary

7  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Online backup service? on: September 30, 2011, 01:09:25 PM
How long does it take you to upload? What kind of files are you storing there (tiff, raw or just jpegs)?--Mary
8  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / OK to store working files at top level? on: September 30, 2011, 01:07:59 PM
I've been storing my working photo files on my Mac at the top level of the disk; however, Apple geniuses seem to want you to keep all your files in the user/documents or picture folder "because applications are trained to look there" -- or something like that. It's easy for me to set up chronosync at the top level -- any reason not to? thought I'd ask after all these years.
9  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / New 3T firewire Should I zero? on: September 30, 2011, 12:33:26 PM
Hi, I just bought a new 3T firewire drive for my Mac Book Pro. I'm guessing zeroing out will take me 8 hours, judging from the 4 hours for 1T I saw posted here. Is it worth doing, especially since I won't be able to see a SMART report on it. Will the drive self-analyze and not write to bad sectors? Seems like a lot of time!

10  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Blu-ray - 25Gb or 50Gb, write-once or rewritable media on: September 30, 2011, 12:22:00 PM
MAM's are more expensive, 25G/6x/10-count, but I've been using their gold discs for years...

I'll start burning this week, so timely discussion.--Mary

11  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Chronosyn and move-to-trash on: September 30, 2011, 12:04:07 PM
This was clearly too stupid to answer! So I erased 'em.
12  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Need guidance creating PARTIAL bootable clone. on: September 30, 2011, 12:02:58 PM
I am on the same level of expertise as you (i.e. it all makes my eyes glaze over :Smiley) -- migrating to the same off-the main-computer photo storage system. 

I talked to a very savvy LaCie technician who advised against making one partition of my new, large drive "bootable"  Something about the fact that the computer might not automatically know which partition to reference on start up.  In any case, since most of what's on my computer are small files now, I'm going to make the bootable drive out of one of my decommissioned smaller drives (a 250 gB LaCie). 

Let me know what you find out!

13  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Any need to backup previews? on: September 30, 2011, 11:14:08 AM
I'm regularly backing up previews when I do my "mirrored" backups to another hard drive. But I'm noticing it takes forever, I guess because these are 1:1 previews. I suppose I could exclude these from the backup process and only occasionally back them up. How important are they anyway -- would it take forwever to rebuild (I do like to look through the catalog)  How do others handle this? I am using Chronosync.

Thanks, Mary
14  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Chronosyn and move-to-trash on: July 07, 2011, 06:51:40 AM
I just realized that when I plug my hard drive in there are thousands of photos in the trash -- no doubt a result of having set Chronosync to 'move to trash' instead of delete immediately. Can I safely erase those?  Hmmm... Huh
::Mary H
15  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Hard Drive Shopping on: July 07, 2011, 06:48:16 AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for an external hard drive? I've been using 2 backup up drives for archived files in addition to my laptop "primary" and, of course, DVD backup.  However, I'm about to move those archived files off the computer permanently.  And I realize I need at least a terabyte or 2 for the files I have...   Undecided

I think I should move away from the LaCie mobile drives I have and buy drives that plug-in (not bus-driven) with a 2 terabyte capacity. Currently, I have about 130 Gigabytes of archived files...maybe 20 of current projects I'm working on.

Any suggestions would be welcome... Mary
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