Currently Being ModeratedJul 27, 2013 9:27 PM (in response to Gordypix)
One of those areas where different folks do it many different ways. Following is my own process but no claim it's the best for anybody else, just works for me.
I have an OWC FireWire docking unit and put my original images on "bare" 1 TB SATA drives. I use a CF card reader connected to my 27" iMac to copy the photos to folders in identical databases on three different drives. I use a project/chronological structure. Lots of other ways to do it.
Then I import the images into Aperture from one of the drives I consider a "master" using the "import folders as projects" and leaving the files in their original location. And then go on from there to edit,export, etc.
I backup the Aperture library on the iMac, not nearly as often as I should, by copying it via Finder to various places. One of those is a second iMac which allows me to work in Aperture from that machine too from the SATA drives.
Have been doing this for many years. My file sizes for the image originals are close to 500 GB. No problems with Aperture performance.
Recommend you get ideas from other folks who do it differently and then come up with your own process.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2013 8:15 AM (in response to Gordypix)
I have just received my first Mac computer (iMac 27" 3.2) and I want to use external drives to store pictures rather than filling up the iMacs internal drive. If I use Aperature to manage photos can I, for example, set everything up to import from CF Cards to the external and manage all pictures in this manner.
Yes. Keep it simply until you are comfortable: just put your Aperture Library on an external drive directly mounted to your system (and formatted "OS X extended (Journaled)"). Buy external drives in triplicate: one for your working copy, one for your on-site back-up, and one for your off-site backup. (Yes, this generates a big gulp in both your throat and your wallet. I have thousands of hours of labor in my Libraries. The cost of secure back-up is worth it to me.) Use the fastest drives your machine supports (cutting corners here is, IME, a false economy in the long run). For your machine that is probably USB-3.
Once you are comfortable with your Mac and with Aperture, you can look into putting your Library on your system drive, and storing your Image's "referenced Originals" on your external drive(s). Doing so now, though, strikes me as too much too soon.