Using netbook as a photo-storage

Adam Maas adam at
Mon Oct 5 19:49:46 EDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM, Igor Roshchin <str at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> A netbook that costs ~$300-$400 and typically has a 160 GB HDD
> and an SD (and it looks like they are HCSD, at least the one
> in Toshiba Mini) -
> can be used as a photo-storage device.
> A while ago, I was throughing in this idea, and somebody
> suggested that I should test it. Well, now I am back with the report.
> This has been tested with a vanila Toshiba Mini, WinXP Home,
> 1GB RAM, stock 5400 rpm 160 HDD, and the latest LR.
> I first copied RAW files (DNG) from the card to the HDD, and
> then exported them into the LR. This worked just fine,
> as long as I didn't ask to have the full-size previews.
> Creating full-size previews was _painfully_ slow, so I had to
> interrupt it and disable it for the future.
> Clicking on the image to see a full-screen preview results in
> some ~1-3 second delay.
> Also, - the LR panels are not well suited for using with a typical
> netbook 1024x600 display (the height is the biggest problem), -
> so the solution was to "minimize" the preview panel at the top
> left, - otherwise I couldn't get to the folders because LR doesn't
> scroll the panels.
> (That's something for Adobe to think about.)
> Overall, - a typical $300-$400 netbook is a suitable solution for
> storing, checking and even selectively
> posting some screenshots - but do not expect to do any
> heaving processing. I haven't tried generating web-galleries, -
> I'd assume that would take some considerable time because just
> exporting screen-size (600x800) JPEGs (from full size 12MP JPEGs)
> was taking considerable time (if I very roughly estimated, -
> no more than ~5-7 images per minute).
> The only thing that such a PSD doesn't do, compared, say to my
> HyperDrive, - it doesn't check correctness of copying the files.
> Over the past ~8-9 years of using digital cameras, I only encountered
> some file-related errors once or twice.
> so it may not be as important.
> But definitely, having  "a peace of mind" is better than to have
> "a pissed-off mind" later.
> Igor

Igor: You just need a copying utility that verifies the files.
ImageIngester does that IIRC.

M. Adam Maas
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