Since January, I’ve been spending most of my time away from home. This means that while I’ve got all the hard drive space I need at home, I’ve been getting a bit creative to keep my images near to me while on the road. If I were just away for a week at a time, it’d be easy, but when I spend 4 or 6 weeks away from home, I need to be able to dig back through my archives and fetch out images when a client comes calling for it. This seems to happen every few weeks at this point, and I’d be loosing out on licensing opportunities if I didn’t keep my library accessible. To accomplish this, I’ve been using a portable 750GB portable hard drive. For a while, this worked out great and I could easily take all of my images everywhere I went.
During the last few months, however, space has been getting very tight. I’ve been creeping up on the capacity of my drives and have been thinking about what to do next. Once you get above 700GB of image data, this turns into a tough problem when you want to stay mobile and not cart around huge heavy RAID arrays. Of course, the real solution is to leverage the network. I’ve been investigating various options such as PhotoShelter, Amazon S3, Strongspace, and several other places to park a copy of my entire archive in a place where I can get to it whenever I want to. However, I haven’t yet finished up this evaluation process.
Unfortunately, time caught up with me and I’ve now run out of space. So, while I finish up the processing from last week’s WWDC shoot and this weeks TOC shoot, I’m juggling data around so that I can get everything done and still keep backups of all my data. This means I’ve been moving fragments of my library around and that I’ve needed to let Lightroom know where my folders have been moving. And I’ve needed to do this more than a few times.
There are a lot of ways to do this, but I’ve found the hardest—at least for me—is to use the question mark icon that appears next to a missing file in grid view. The easiest is to simply right-click the folder in the Library view and use the “Locate Missing Folder” menu item. Here’s a screenshot:
This makes the process of relocating your image files easy. Too bad it took me more than a few tries at it before I discovered this little gem in the contextual menu. Now that I’ve found it, it’ll be getting a bunch of use in the next few weeks as I migrate to my next Library setup. After, of course, figuring out what solution I’m going to buy into. But that’s next week’s job. First, there’s a few thousand pictures to sort through, rank, develop, export, and deliver to my clients.