Is it dumb to "downgrade" my photo archives?
June 10, 2013 2:42 PM Subscribe
When digital photography was new, I saved everything at it's highest settings. Now that I currently have nearly 80 gigs of photographs, would it make sense to "downgrade" all of my photos to smaller sizes?
posted by ColdChef to computers & internet (26 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I would consider this mostly to allow iPhoto to run faster and save on storage space, but also because it seems unlikely that I would ever need HUGE copies of all of these photos. The largest I'd ever print any of them would be 8x10. Is this a terrible idea? What am I not considering?
TOO MUCH INFORMATION: My iMac hard drive is failing, so I'm preparing to port everything to a new computer. I work in five separate iPhoto archives (Everything before new Camera, Everything After new Camera, Scanned Slides, Scanned Photos, Scanned Negatives) and I've exported them all out to redundant flash drives, because I'm terribly afraid of losing everything. I'd like to put the first two categories into the same archive, but I don't because it causes iPhoto to run too.damn.slow. So, now that I've done all this (which took literally DAYS to export), I'm starting to wonder if I need all these high-detail photos and if it wouldn't make more sense to just have smaller versions.