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Digital photography burns hard drive space, and digital photographs in iPhoto take up even more room than on their own. My iBook drive is running out of storage. My choices are: 1. Put iPhotos on my 30GB iPod. A short term fix, but that space will get used up. 2. Put iPhotos on an SMB share and access via ethernet. I can always add more storage to the SMB server (Win2K). 3. Buy a G5. (I refuse to do this until I see if Apple is going to fix iPhoto's scaling issues!) 4. Buy another external drive for my iBook ...

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    Default Put iPhoto Library on an SMB share. Experience?

    Digital photography burns hard drive space, and digital photographs in
    iPhoto take up even more room than on their own. My iBook drive is
    running out of storage.

    My choices are:

    1. Put iPhotos on my 30GB iPod. A short term fix, but that space will
    get used up.

    2. Put iPhotos on an SMB share and access via ethernet. I can always
    add more storage to the SMB server (Win2K).

    3. Buy a G5. (I refuse to do this until I see if Apple is going to fix
    iPhoto's scaling issues!)

    4. Buy another external drive for my iBook (besides the iPod).

    5. Put a bigger drive in my iBook (requires servicing).

    Of all of these I favor using the SMB share. I've done that with
    iTunes with some success (others have had problems with file names
    using characters that are not legal under Windows). Has anyone had
    success with putting an iPhoto library on an SMB share? (I use iPhoto
    Library Manager.)

    john

    [meta: jfaughnan, jgfaughnan, iPhoto, digital photography, Mac, OS X,
    Windows, Windows 2000, NTFS, file share, SMB, server, iPhoto)
    John Guest

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    Default Re: Put iPhoto Library on an SMB share. Experience? - volume/folder compression

    stefan pantke <com> writes:
     

    He's talking about digital images, which in general don't compress
    very well (they are almost always compressed already).

    I've run into a similar problem of photo management, I have around 150
    GB of digital images, which is of course more than my 60 GB TiBook can
    hold. I've ended up using an external firewire drive and copious
    burning of old images to redundancd DVD-R's.

    --
    Richard W Kaszeta
    org
    http://www.kaszeta.org/rich
    Richard Guest

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    Default Re: Put iPhoto Library on an SMB share. Experience? -volume/folder compression

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    - - Unless you are using raw tiffs this will likely take up MORE
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    Default Re: Put iPhoto Library on an SMB share. Experience? - volume/folder compression

    Richard Kaszeta <org> wrote in message news:<me.umn.edu>... 

    Presumably that's not 150GB in iPhoto! If it is, you're the world
    iPhoto champ :-). What image management software are you using?

    We are definitely entering the world of Terrabyte data management.
    Within 12-24 months 10 Mpixel CMOS images may become fairly common. At
    10MB for a JPEG, a mere 5000 images is 50GB, or about 100 GB in
    iPhoto. I don't want to think about non-compressed images. Forget
    video.

    Using DVDs reminds me of the days of 20MB drives and 360K floppies.
    The ratio of fixed to disposable storate was 60:1. That's the ratio
    between a 120GB drive and a 4GB DVD (30:1).

    So, how will we tackle this? Terrabytes of storage on a laptop may
    take a while. I think we need a central storage strategy with trickle
    backup to an offsite server. My SMB question is a start in this
    direction; SMB storage is dirt cheap.

    So Apple's iLife customers are going to need Terrabyte local and
    offsite storage solutions. Curious to see what Apple will do with .Mac
    backup pricing :-)!!

    john

    [meta: 030817, jfaughnan, jgfaughnan, mass storage, digital media,
    iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, SMB, shares, LAN]
    John Guest

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