Best Practices for Lightroom performance

It’s 2020. If you are a Lightroom user, now is a great time to take some steps to reevaluate and optimize your Lightroom catalog. Here are my 2020 LR performance tips: 01 When buying a new machine, get at least 32GB RAM. 32GB is the new minimum. 02 When buying a new machine, buy a big, fast Solid State Drive (SSD). Having 30-40% of that drive open ensures both its performance and longevity. Don’t run an SSD close to capacity. 03 SSDs have the single biggest impact on performance. Have your OS and Lightroom running on an SSD . 04 Keep your working files on an SSD. Archive older,…


Quick 2019 RAID Evaluation

I had a chance to setup a few new RAID systems last week at different client sites. I always like to do a Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and thought it would be fun to share. Manufacture’s speed claims are one thing but real world performance is another, and much more meaningful.  Here’s a Drobo 5D3 connected via Thunderbolt 3 on a new, maxed out iMac. This 5 bay enclosure costs $678 without drives and comes with two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and one USB 3.0 port. DiskSpeedTest Drobo 5D3 via TB3 on a maxxed out 2019 iMac Another client asked me for a recommendation prior to purchasing and I’ve…