I have been using Aperture for about a year now on my MacBook Pro 250 GB. Needless to say, 250 GB is not the ideal internal HD size for a photography nut, so I will be in need of some sort of external storage soon.
Now that I have been reading a while about the options, I can’t seem to figure out what solution will be the best for me and how they exactly work. Right now, I have only been using an external HD as a backup for the photos on my Mac, so I might also need some sort of backup for the photos on the external HD.
I use Aperture every day, even though I have no new photos to edit, so this is probably why I have been delaying the external storage solution for a while now. I like having all my photos in one place, always ready to be tweaked, shared, and viewed. I am afraid that external storage will ruin this flexibility for me, but I have to sort it out now.
Do you guys have any idea what the best solution would be for me? Should I relocate originals/masters or should I move my library to an external HD, and what’s the real difference between these two options anyways? Maybe there are more easy and flexible options that I haven’t thought of?
Also, does the external HD need a specific format and will it only be dedicated to Aperture/photos (like Time Machine, for instance)?
Thanks a lot!