Well, what a day I had today. My scheduled post on color is colored by my crappy day. I have no insightful things to post today like the previous post, September Garden Color – A Time to Think. So what happened to the planned post? It all started yesterday, out of the blue… oh, and lots of blue in this post. I was blue too.
First off yesterday morning, I noticed my CAD program a bit buggy (seems fitting with all the bugs pictured) and slow. I keep those files on an external hard drive. So I thought, it must be all the photos that I have been taking. Yep, that was the bloody culprit.
But in the mean time a few months ago, I received a new Dell laptop PC, so that let my Mac, Windows free (thank the heavens, I am not very fond of Windows, but need it on occasion). Office Business is now on that machine so no problemo. The other two drives on the Mac have the operating system on one and the other is for recovery backup.
I kept happily and obliviously loading photos on my Mac Pro never thinking I was nearing the capacity of the 1TB hard drive since all the architectural, processor heavy stuff is kept on external drives. I never valued my photos as much I guess.
Well guess what? I had over 69,000 images at 498 GB stored on the main drive. Yipes, that is a heavy load and it was mirrored on the recovery backup disk in case the first one fails. Can you guess where this story is headed?
The rest of my files, apps and music was almost 400 GB, meaning I am nearing full capacity. I never did that before on any hard drive. I also never spent so much time with my camera either.
Next step is start cleaning out unnecessary images to load the whole photo catalog to the third empty internal drive. I got rid of a few thousand images so far. All is going smoothly as planned, sort of.
I had no interest in storing my entire catalog of photos on remote servers in the cloud. I may rethink this process through Lightroom. But the database system that Lightroom runs locates the catalog on a single computer, or a locally attached external drive. Lightroom photos are pretty much saved in case of a loss, but there are not more than 500 of them since they are my more premier images. You can see the disproportion here, 69,000 to 500?
I have an external drive having this catalog of 500 for safe measure already. I just never loaded the whole Photo 69,000 catalog images into Lightroom, so that is part of my problem. A change of plans I think is in the workings. It pays to think about storage long before you have so many images. Best to be organized if you value the photos that you take.
The few thousand photos I was deleting slowed down the machine to a crawl because my internal back up disk was trying to keep up with what I was doing. It is NOT supposed to work this way. It is not supposed to slow the process. So more trouble in computerland ahead.
I was screwed… not happy screwed like above and below either.
The backup drive got screwed up big time, and I spent all day dealing with that mess in addition to the mess of the main drive. So color me happy, please. I need a good sign.
The drive literally ambushed me at a time when I did not need the unexpected hassle. It took a whole day to purge and copy photos, so I was not prepared for the other drive to fail. It created a sticky web of a mess.
After four more hours and a lot of maintenance and drive formatting, I am back in business. But I am a bit bushed and not ready to actually organize my photos.
I really hope I did not lose you with all the techy talk, but it may be wise to check your own computer for how much storage your photos are consuming. I never thought it was building up so fast.
I usually dump the bad images but stopped doing that when I viewed a class called, There Are No Bad Originals, Part 1 and Part 2, on Kelby Training. I found out that I had trashed many that would have been recovered beautifully had I put in the time and effort. So I started saving many more than I did before, which quickly got me into this mess.
Hope you enjoyed my buggy critters to illustrate the buggy mess. Not what I planned for today. But a colorful post none the less.