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Managed library - Drobo or Standalone FW800 Drive?

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May 25, 2011 5:55 PM

Greetings to all from Sydney, Australia!

 

I currently have my Aperture 3 managed library on a Drobo connected via FW800 to my 24" iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo running under Leopard 10.5.8.

 

It seems slow when I am editing images - there is always a delay between moving a slider and getting a change in the image.

 

Would this be improved by moving the library to a separate FW800 external drive rather than on the Drobo? or is this just normal Aperture operation?

 

Thanks in anticipation of any advice and opinions.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)
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    May 25, 2011 6:57 PM (in response to pja)

    pja wrote:

    Would this be improved by moving the library to a separate FW800 external drive rather than on the Drobo?

    Probably yes. Most (all?) Drobos are slow. However FW800 is also limiting. Best by far is to have your Aperture Library on a fast underfilled internal drive or eSATA-connected drive. Most folks need to use a Referenced-Masters Library to avoid overfilling (> approx. 70% full) the internal drive.

     

    HTH

     

    -Allen Wicks

  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)
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    May 25, 2011 6:55 PM (in response to pja)

    Aperture is a heavy pro graphics app that is very demanding of hardware. Your iMac's CPU, GPU, i/o and RAM are all probably limiting to Aperture so we need to do what we can to optimize.

     

    Some generic advice I posted in another thread:

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    • Set Previews to only be built manually, and only tell Aperture to build Previews when you are not otherwise editing in Aperture.

     

    • Keep the internal drive underfilled for speed, which sooner or later usually requires using a Referenced-Masters-Library with Masters on external drives. Back up originals before importing into Aperture or any other images app.

     

    • The Aperture Library should be on an internal drive.

     

    • Turn off Share Previews with iLife and iWork.

     

    • Remember that HDs slow as they fill and keep the internal drive underfilled. Approx. 70% full maximum is a good guideline.

     

    • If page outs increase significantly during operation try to run Aperture by itself. On my C2D MBP with its max of 3 GB RAM I always did a restart prior to a heavy Aperture session to clear any memory leaks and make sure no other apps were open. Browsers in particular will often suck RAM Aperture would otherwise be using.

     

    IMO all Aperture users who can should routinely bump RAM to at least 8 GB.

     

    HTH

     

    -Allen Wicks

  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)

    Better yet....

     

    Wait just a tiny little bit and get a Promise thunderbolt array ;-) Just upgraded all my mac stuff to be SandyBridge and I swear my new Core i7 27 iMac is faster than my 2 year old MacPro. Cannot wait to be able to get rid of all my  home built storage.stuff with thunderbolt.

     

     

    RB

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