« on: October 08, 2014, 02:38:07 AM »
I don't know how much retouch you do, but I suspect that the edited files have a lot to do with your issue. I'm regularly in the 2 - 4 gB range with my working files, both for retouch and for architectural work. Files this size eat up space quickly, and there's no way I'm deleting them. While I think it's a good idea to scour through your folders and delete old stuff and lousy photos you're never going to use anyway, I find that I actually gain very little from it - other than a cleaner file system. JPGs are nothing - I could spend hours deleting old files and hardly make a noticeable impact. Even RAW files seem small compared to TIFF/PSD/PSB. I actually find I free more space going into old layered files and cleaning those up, deleting superfluous layers or masks, merging layers, and whatnot. I'm now better about doing that during my editing, but I never used to think about it.
As to storage, have you thought about just using external drives? There's some very reasonably priced options with USB 3. And the nice thing is you can physically separate it from your other files, for a much more secure backup.
Good point - even a flattened TIFF is typically around 250 Mb whereas the jpegs I send off to my clients are generally only between 1 Mb and max 20Mb. I don't do a huge amount of retouching but, like you, having spent many hours working on the files there's no way I'm going to delete them! Definitely external drives for backup - I need to fix that but need recommendations on the best solution. Also, how to avoid having to use Dropbox to share files between Mac and PC.