Like me many people have bought their first mac lately. Like me they’ve also been very happy with the whole package (hardware + OS + software). But here’s the problem: if you have liked the iLife suite as much as I do you are probably running out of space in your MacBook Pro (MBP) even if you have a larger disk…
With iTunes at 16Gb and iPhoto at 17Gb I’m running out of space! What can I do?
In the hope that one of you may have found a solution here’s a call for help! Help me figure out how to have the pictures I want with me all the time, but at the same time have the disk with enough space to install the dev tools from apple (which also take some more Gigs).
Here are some of the plan’s I’ve hatched to solve this conundrum:
Plan A – The home-made solution
Summary: Store the iPhoto library on an external HD and carry in the laptop only the last few “rolls”.
This is the first solution that came to mind. I would copy the whole library from iPhoto to an external RAID 1 HD (see how here), and the just have the latest “rolls” of photos with me in the laptop.
This is such a simple solution (for someone that understands the concept of iPhoto library, which may not be all of us) that I’m baffled by the lack of support for this in iPhoto out of the box! I mean, you do have to do a lot of work just to get this done. Apple, listen up!
Plan B – The web 2.0 solution
Summary: Copy all the photos to Flickr Pro account.
This idea just came to me while updating my Flickr library. I’ve updated to Pro account a few months back, and while thinking about the iPhoto problem it came to me that Flickr offers unlimited storage for the Pro account. And to be honest, Flickr is getting up to speed pretty fast. If it was not for the fact that you may not have Internet connection all the time I’d probably have started to use Flickr as my main photo library organizer.
The further downside of Flickr is that as you accumulate photos in the service it takes quite a while to download them back to your laptop if you want to have them offline.
How about you? Have you solved this problem? Leave your comments below.