Guest Posted December 4, 2014 Share Posted December 4, 2014 I'll go with 32GB RAM. Geoff: I'm intrigued by your comment about storage, and would love to know the rationale for only using externals. I'd have thought that keeping everything you might need to access inside the computer would allow faster access. The Lenovo chap I spoke with said that even an external drive connected through an eSATA port (which is about as fast as you can get, isn't it?) is slower than an internal. I can imagine assignment photographers having their current and recent assignments on the computer and the rest archived to a NAS or similar, but I tend to access my early photos nearly as often as my recent ones. I have around 1.6TB of images (growing rapidly as I use a D800) and around 1TB of other stuff that I access regularly. Currently I only use externals for backups as speed doesn't matter there. David, It's an old MO for photo work. Any finished work is only stored on external media, there's rarely a need to access it and speed of transfer is not an issue even with USB 2. It means you don't need to have massive drive capacity in your computer - I long ago gave up even having two HDs in mine. Only work/jobs in progress are on my desktop. I import all the work to desktop folders and then immediately backup to a dedicated external, which is solely for that stage of backup. I import to LR and delete/edit/process until the job is signed off or stock is sent to x,y or z. Then all the work I want to keep is move off the computer and into a series of external drives. One of these are then re-imported into LR for DAM. It's very rare I have to dip into the externals but I see no significant time issue if I have to find and process another image for a client. So the computer drive only has current work on it, means I can work with a small drive of 500GB which is nowhere near full. I shot 12GB yesterday on a job so I'm generating a lot of data but rarely have more than four or five jobs in progress on the desktop. I have 1.3 TB of data on externals but I do delete all raws/crap files from a job once the client is finished otherwise I would have some stupid amount of data to store. I have the jpegs for personal promotion but the jobs won't get re-used, a new shoot would occur. I also use an external for the scratch disk for CC, don't see any real slow down with that. LR could be quicker but that's a RAM issue. Geoff Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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