Ive been told problems start happening after 120GB?
I have a photographic memory but never got it developed
well, I am no authority, but my library (managed, on external HD) is 165GB. I have heard of much larger libraries. Then I did hear about problems… I believe one has to keep good backups (several of them, of different kind like vaults, time-machine) and practise occasional maintenance on the library.
be interesting to see if others have noted any problems with larger libraries
My master library is a managed library. It is 720+GB without previews, and 1.5TB with full size previews. I keep it on an external USB-powered USB3 drive (WD MyPassport 2TB). No issues.
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The issue comes, I think, if you have to move/copy/restore the one large library. I might be wrong but it seems there are more issues dealing with one humongous library as opposed to multiple small ones.
If you maintain good backups then you shouldn’t have any problems. My master disk has failed in the past. My backup drive was up-to-date. The backup drive became my master drive and I got another backup drive. Yes it took some time to do a full disk copy from the new master to the new backup, but that would be the case whether you have one large library or multiple smaller ones that took up the same total space.
That is reassuring
At what point should you consider breaking it up? My main library is ~800GB at the moment. When you do, how do you suggest doing it (by year?) This is almost exclusively personal photos and videos. No natural break like client work.
I have experienced some system slowdowns which I am addressing by increasing RAM (from 12GB to 24GB) and adding HD space. I will move most of my user files to an external HD (3TB FW800). I was thinking of keeping my main Aperture library on the boot drive with the system files that would keep my boot drive at about 60% capacity and creating a Vault on the external with all the other user files. Does that sound good?
Good question Michel. I honestly don’t have an answer to that.