Hi. I posted this over at the Apple Aperture Support Community (I am one of the top contributors there), but haven’t received much in the way of replies, so I’m posted here in the hope of getting some pointers. Thanks.
Let’s say “large Library” means 500 GB and/or 500,000 Images, and above.
What set-ups for storage, on a Mac maximized with RAM, will provide the best Aperture performance? The best bang-for-the-buck? Assume Thunderbolt is available. I don’t know much about hardware: RAID, hybrid drives, etc.
What sensible considerations should one make for backup and data-redundancy?
How can I determine if the storage media is a bottleneck in the performance of Aperture on my system?
I run most libraries off of external USB-3 drives mounted (sometimes directly, often via powered USB-3 hubs) to my
- Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013
- Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
- Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
- Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
- System Drive APPLE SSD SD512E
This works well for small and medium-size Libraries, but for large Libraries, I’m spending costly time waiting for the system to catch up.
Some delays, demonstrably, come from running a three-monitor set-up (which this provides some welcome advantages to me), but many more seem to be I/O issues.
Additionally, some back-ups and database repairs now take 12 hr. or longer, so any significantly faster throughput will be useful.