Aperture: Large Library Management - please help!

Started Apr 21, 2009 | Discussions thread
Rob Trueman Regular Member • Posts: 103
Re: Aperture: Large Library Management - please help!

Thanks for the response. It got me thinking so I have some additional comments/questions...

Since my files are referenced the library remains small and fast.

This is not how Aperture works. The Library is a folder (with a flag
set to say it is a bundle). If your files are managed, they are
inside this folder, if they are referenced they are elsewhere. By
itself this has no effect on Apertures performance.

Completely correct. In this case the bundle is larger since the original raw files are included, but since this is really just a directory, there shouldn't be any performance difference (or if any, it's very small). Makes sense.

The library has the same structure, same previews, same thumbnails,
same database, same meta data, etc. These are the things that drive
most aspects of performance.

Obviously the backup to vault runs very quick because you are not
backing up your raw files. And the speed of the volume the raws
reside on will affect performance when they are accessed, but this
can be faster or slower and is not related to library size.

Since they're on a Drobo, I can lose one drive out of four.

That's good for preventing downtime in case of disk failure but is
not a replacement for a real backup (one you can still access if your
gear is destroyed or stolen.

I have 350GB stored in the cloud.

That's a good extra backup, but some online services have gone under
during The credit crunch, so while it's a great idea and definately
worthwhile, it still could turn out to be not a real backup.

I think for backups you do the best you can. I'm not disagreeing with your comments, but believe my backup strategy is pretty good. With the Drobo, I feel confident that drive failure (probably the biggest reason people lose data) is mitigated. I was doing a backup to another NAS in my home, but little for offsite.

I hear you about the strong possibility of some of these small companies failing. What I like about BackBlaze is that I supply an encryption password so they don't have access to my files. If they ever go out of business, I'll switch over to one of the other players. Ironically, I'm working on a secure backup system of my own to market under my technology company. When that's up and running I'll use that. For now, my files are offsite, backup constantly with versioning. I think that's pretty good.


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