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[26Dec23] I bought Adam Pratt’s Declutter book for Xmas.

His recommendations:
Mac rather than Windows p16
24-27 inch monitor
32GB RAM
2tb storage + backup- I’ll go for 4tb p17
Lightroom Classic (LR) for organising p18
DupeGuru for deduplication p20 or the LR plugin Duplicate Finder
Super Duper for backups p22

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[26Dec] PCMag reviews external SSDs and likes the Crucial X9 Pro £77/£110/£211 for 1/2/4 TB on Amazon today. I see there’s an X10Pro too. AmPhot likes it too.

The Plan
Get two 4tb drives and the software.
Make a start on the project while reading the book cover to cover.

The phases are:
Gather p23
Preserve p77
Organise p113
Share p161
Maintain p183

The Gather is “all in one place” and complete first. Then backup and deduplicate.
Each source goes into its own directory, retaining the original filing structure for ease of reference.

I have three old hard drives somewhere and will need a hardware interface. The advice is to start with the large sources (laptops, hard drives) thus taking the big bites first - low hanging fruit.

And delete the originals - that will take willpower.

We have boxes and binders of old snaps and started this a while ago with a Plustek. This works quite well but I use an Epson FastFoto in my volunteer work at Courtaulds and that is much better.

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References

Hoffman, Tony & Burek, John (2023) The Best External SSDs for 2024 [online]. pcmag.com. Available from https://uk.pcmag.com/ssd/17645/the-best-external-ssds [Accessed 26 December 2023].

Nicholson, Angela (2023) Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD review [online]. amateurphotographer.com. Available from https://amateurphotographer.com/review/crucial-x9-pro-portable-ssd-review/ [Accessed 26 December 2023].

Pratt, Adam (2022) Declutter Your Photo Life: Curating, Preserving, Organizing, and Sharing Your Photos. San Rafael, CA : Rocky Nook.

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