Yes, isn't it awful? It was running really nicely, probably like new. So it was really bugging me that my "like new" computer had a really messed up picture.
But I learned a ton from you guys, so I'm excited that I'll get even more out of the new computer. It's running much better this morning, so it must have made a lot of progress with the photo library. I spent a long time last night confirming or correcting detected faces, so maybe that helped. I still haven't made it through all my photos, but it was nice to do a lot of catch-up. (And it's scary to see how quickly my kids are changing!)
Thanks again for all the help!
So now I'm feeling like my new computer is overkill. Basically, I'm having buyer's remorse for tying up $2699 in a computer.
I have until January to return this computer and replace it with something else, since I bought during the Christmas shopping season. What should I replace it with?
I definitely want a 27" iMac. But do I need the i7 processor and the top-of-the-line graphics card? I do some video editing in iMovie, and photo stuff in Aperture. Those are probably the two most processor-intensive things I do.
If I get the entry-level 27" iMac and upgrade to a 3TB Fusion Drive, it would save me $550. For what I do, would I notice any performance drop-off? Would I be better off with 256GB SSD, and some sort of external HDD?
Another option is a refurb unit from 2012. If the i7 processor is important, I can get last year's version for $1999, but it would be a 1TB Fusion Drive, n instead of ac wifi, and some other 2012 vs 2013 differences.
Hmmm, we did a job too good ??
1. you have the best now, probably overkill for what you do now, indeed.
2. whatever you do, for the near future you do not need ac WiFi: to use it you must also renew your WiFi net to ac units, and if you use a combi-modem (Modem and Wifi-router in one) also that modem.
The ac is really new, and equipment will become cheaper fast now, and compatibility issues will be ironed out in the near future.
3. personally I am not really in favour of the fusion drives at all.
4. You need an external disk anyway for backups and/or TM, say a 2TB small disk USB3, they are cheap, (do NOT install any included software). I use 3 because sometimes they die suddenly: one for a bootable clone (CarbonCopyCloner), one for TM, one for backups.
5. Have 8GB at least.
6. The 256GB is too small probably to have your photo and/or music library on it, (at the moment you have about 300GB in use on the internal), but it is not particular difficult to move those on the external disk, you will never notice the speed difference.
Well now, make your choice, but the pain of the purchase amount, will disappear fast...