Advice needed to upgrade workflow (speed) with mac/lightroom

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graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 7,003
Re: Advice needed to upgrade workflow (speed) with mac/lightroom

Tom_N wrote:

The fastest external connection on a Late 2009 iMac is Firewire 800. These days, it is hard to find Firewire 800 drives – but you can buy Firewire 800 + USB 3.0 enclosures (for either 3.5" or 2.5" drives) from Other World Computing.

I have four of their DIY enclosures (three unused 3.5" ones, and one 2.5" one containing a SATA SSD) and would recommend them if you want to stick with the old machine.

For the benefit of the original poster: If you must buy FireWire drives because you want to use them with an old Mac, the OWC drives Tom mentioned are a good idea because they also have USB 3 ports, so they will work with both old Macs and the latest ones.

A cautionary tale is that one of my priorities is to migrate all data off my remaining FireWire drives while the last of my FireWire Macs still works. New Macs do not have FireWire ports and adapters to connect FireWire to current computers are clumsy, rare, and not cheap, so if you got committed to buying some drives that only have FireWire ports and then your decade-old Mac dies and you get a new Mac, it could be a major challenge to get that data to the new Mac.

This is just another justification for not going ahead with another old slow Mac and getting something more recent instead.

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