So I’ve Decided to Move 100,000 Photos to iCloud Photo Library
As I'd mentioned before, I was considering moving my entire personal image collection to Photos and iCloud. I mean, why not, right? I already had my personal work separated from client work in Aperture, so I exported that folder as a new Library (took overnight), then opened that in Photos (took another night). Today I checked in, and Photos seemed to be behaving, so I decided to bite the bullet and click the “Use as System Photo Library”, and enable iCloud. I was immediately presented with this message:
So over 101,000 images need to be consolidated, which I actually find quite interesting since according to Aperture there were only about 98,000 images in that library, but I guess it's versions as well. Maybe closed stacks when I looked? Not really sure… but whatever. It's on.
It took a few minutes to figure out how to consolidate. The File > Consolidate… command is dimmed until photos are selected, and I tried selecting the “All Photos” album under the Albums tab, but when I did it said there were no images to consolidate. So I finally opened that “All Photos” album, selected all photos, and selected Consolidate again.
Oh me oh my. No going back now. Note it does say “copy the original files” not “move”, so they'll still be accessible by the Aperture library.
Now my biggest concern is if there's enough space on the drive. It had just over 1TB free, so we'll see if that's enough.
And then of course, if the total collection is over 1TB, I'll have to start culling images and shelling out $20 per month. Happy days!