NYCat Posted January 14, 2022 Share Posted January 14, 2022 I have been working on a mid 2009 MacBookPro running on El Capitan and, as you might imagine, it is slow, slow, slow and I worry that it will give up one day. It is time to get a new machine and I am rather excited about the new ones but very nervous about the change. I am not a computer whiz but somehow usually blunder through. I'd like to go over my plans with you and hope for some feedback, please. I plan to get the 16" MacBookPro with M1 Pro chip. It has 16 core GPU, 32GB memory and 2TB of storage. I am hoping this is more than I will ever need. I see that I will need adapters to use in the Thunderbolt ports and am wondering about individual ones or a dock? Any thoughts? I don't have a place to leave everything set up so the laptop, hard drives, etc. go back inside my desk when I am not using them. Mostly I will be attaching my external hard drive with images so am thinking just having an adapter attached to it will work best. I do, though, also make a copy of that drive and do a back-up clone so maybe should also have a dock. I know nothing about them so could use advice on what to get. Now for the move from old to new. Since I am not great with computers I am thinking I should use the Migration Assistant for the move but not use it for the applications. I don't have many other than what comes with the machine and I think I can manage to download them from their websites. Than comes getting from Lightroom 6 to the subscription. I think I will be asked if I want to use my catalog from Lightroom 6. I have the catalog stored on my hard drive and the back-ups go to the external hard drive that contains my images. I am hoping I can use my latest back-up as the catalog I point to. This is how I think it can work but please let me know if it makes sense. I would attach the external drive to the new machine. Perhaps? at this point I would unzip my most recent backup of the catalog. Then I would buy the subscription and ask to use the catalog on the external drive. I will want to keep my catalog on the hard drive of the computer though so wonder if I would have to move it.?? Just typing all this makes me nervous. Computers can be scary to those of us who are very far from being digital natives. Any thoughts you have will be much appreciated. Paulette Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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