Vault Expansion

by James Duncan Davidson

When I got home a week ago after shooting the Ajax Experience in Boston, and C4 in Chicago before it, I went through my now-normal ritual of migrating the Aperture project for the shows from my laptop to my trusty PowerMac. Then, in the next phase of the ritual, I started an update of the Vault into which the pictures go. Alas, that's where I suddenly found that I didn't have enough space on my backup Vault drive anymore. Oops. I'd added more data to my library than there was room for on the drive.

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This wasn't a big surprise. Even though my Aperture library comfortably sits on a 1TB RAID volume, I've been using a 400GB external drive as my Vault. It's done a good job so far, but now that my Aperture library has hit the 375GB mark, my library doesn't fit. Now, some of you might be thinking, "Wait a darn minute, you've got 20-someGB more to go!". Sadly, this isn't so. Thanks to disk drive makers selling their drives using a different counting method than one would think rational, a 400GB drive actually has a capacity of 372.5GB. It's kind of like how that 27" CRT TV never really was 27". As well, Aperture seems to be slightly conservative with it's numbers and this takes another few GB out off the picture.

I've known this moment was coming for several months. Every time I bring images back to the desktop machine, I watch the Vault bar move a bit more to the right, turn yellow, and then red. I was hoping, however, that I'd get another month or two out of the drive before needing to replace it. Alas, that wasn't to be.

7 Comments

Robert
2006-11-06 10:38:35
The wonderful thing about the new MacPro machines are the 4 drive bays. I set up two 350GB drives as a RAID and use it as my main drive (System, Documents, etc.) I put a 750GB drive in one bay and use it as a backup drive (clone) for my RAIDed drives and I put a 350GB drive in the last bay and use it as my Aperture Vault. At the moment, you can get 350GB drives for around a $120. I fill up that drive, pull it out, archive it in a safe place, slap in a new 350GB and start a new Vault. Easy as pie!

2006-11-06 10:58:34
"Thanks to disk drive makers selling their drives using a different counting method than one would think rational, a 400GB drive actually has a capacity of 372.5GB."


10% of the drive is reserved by the operating system/file system. this is normal.

James Duncan Davidson
2006-11-06 14:11:09
Robert: Yes indeed. I'm really looking forward to the 4 bays in the Mac Pro. Currently I have my two drive bays in my PowerMac occupied and then another 2 external SATA drives connected via a FirmTek card. It's a bit crazy.


Anon: Indeed, the filesystem reserves room on the disk. But, it's not 10%. It's actually quite insignificant in the scope of things. The significant part of the discrepancy comes from drive makers using the standard scientific definition of giga (ie, 10^9) while the rest of computing world uses the system of 1024 bytes is a KB and 1024KB is a MB and 1024MB is a GB.


See the capacity measurements section of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk for more info.

Steve Parker
2006-11-06 18:56:59
Just FYI, be aware that any image that you've "removed" from your current library after you've "archived" is sitting in your "Vault" taking up space. I learned this the hard way.


Take a look at the Vault directory and consider moving those "deleted" files to other locations.


Steve

rupert Warren
2006-11-07 15:48:53
Hi,
My work aroud to this storage problem is to connect a new External Hard drive and relocate the Masters to it. with the previews it is still possible to see all the work, with a conected HD one is able to work as normal, Baisiacly as the Tutorial says! I am doing this for the Older projects which I do not necessarily need any more. It is good I think.
Rupert
Rupert Warren
2006-11-07 16:23:13
"Just FYI, be aware that any image that you've "removed" from your current library after you've "archived" is sitting in your "Vault" taking up space. I learned this the hard way.


Take a look at the Vault directory and consider moving those "deleted" files to other locations.


Steve"
(hope to have understood you)
Indeed I noticed that the external HD has to be connected when Deleting images, it seems to then sync well. throwing Masters away and Prevews. in the end I visualize many External HD`s eg. one for each year....


but thanks for your warning
Rupert

the IT guru
2007-11-27 05:24:22
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