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Quote: Processed Photographs - Drive F:
Why do you need to store "processed files" ?
The whole idea of LR is to store the "instructions" and you just export / print as and when required.
Because a lot of the Jpegs I produce by exporting from Lightroom are then used to send to magazine competitions etc. I do only export from Lightroom when I need a Jpeg or Tiff for a specific purpose - but often the upload procedure from a magazine or other competition organiser requires me to select the file for upload in the format it is going to be uploaded.
Plus, if I am submitting files to any other service, such as Alamy, I like to keep hold of the originals in the form I submitted them. Soemetimes, for a range of different purposes and destinations, I might want the same basic image (i.e. my Raw file with the Lightroom edits) to be exported in four or five different formats and file sizes.
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OK... I can now see the reason for saving the processed files.
Currently I use two catalogues with LR. The first includes all final processed images and the most recent 2 years worth of Raw files. I do sometime search for older processed images but rarely go back to original Raw images more than 2 years. So this catalogue is on my main data HDD and thus available all the time. The second catalogue comprises all Raw files older than 2 years and these are stored on an external drive (also backed up on another). There is no specific disadvantage in having the archived Raw files on an external drive because I rarely need to look at them. This is mainly because I like producing new images and, if I have not already processed the image, it was probably not worth processing.
are you all missing the need FOR A REAL protected back up / storage solution
a net work RAID either a inexpensive netgear stora style,
or re use an PC with HD's in a raid configuration
(if you use a raid card in a PC it's easy to swap the set up!)
RAID isn't a backup system, it's a way of protecting against drive failure.
Quote: RAID isn't a backup system, it's a way of protecting against drive failure.
Pedantic, but point taken.
To elaborate on my (possibly pedantic) point a tad. RAID only protects against a drive failure, wheras a proper backup regiem will protect you against all the many ways you can lose data: Hardware failure, software failure, user error, fire, flood, theft, etc.
To be honest, I had not given it much thought, but once you made the comment I realised that the RAID is in (or attached to) your computer all the time whereas a back up can be stored elsewhere against whetever evils lurk in the future. Sometimes 'stating the bleedin' obvious' has its benefits.
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