Are you on Full or Empty?

Are you on Full or Empty?

My May 2019 BlogPost

This month I wanted to help those of you who are filling up your hard drive FAST and furiously.  Everyone organizes their photo files differently, so just adapt this main tip to however you are organizing your files in particular.

Have you told yourself you need a new laptop with “More Room”  or “More Speed”? Then this tip is for you!

Laptop RAM in a broad sense is what gives your laptop speed, as it is where processes cache and if your hard drive is filled with files, there is no room for processes to cache.  Your 1 TB (1 terabyte) (files space) 8GB RAM (memory) Laptop is usually very sufficient for most photo & video editing. Yes processors come into play, too, but that’s not the purpose of my tip here today.  A laptop with the two above pieces will have a ‘sufficient’ processor by default, I’m not here to split hairs between AMD and Celeron, and 2.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz.

I found my hard drive filling up a while ago and my laptop not only ran it’s fan all the time, due to crunching things, it was dragging like a dog draggin’ butt on carpet!  Since RAW files and Video Files are quite large, I was filling up fast and there was not enough room for my 8GB RAM to process/cache much.

C Drive filled Snip

For about $80 on Amazon I purchased a 4TB Seagate Expansion Drive  They come in 2TB and 1TB as well.  Then I moved 90% of my files over to that drive, connectable by a USB.)  I can connect and disconnect that as I wish, since it’s also portable! (excellent in case of hard drive failure! :eek:.  

When I am working with files on my laptop I tend to copy them back on to my hard drive so I’m not pulling and working with files through the USB cabling, but direct from my hard drive.

Now on my old “well used” laptop not only does not spin the fan constantly, it flies like back in the day.  This snippet is a pretty good replica of enough room. for your RAM to breathe: It’s about 60% free. Might as well optimize and defrag your drive while you set this up, as well as clean the cache out.

C Drive Snip

I can navigate to the Seagate anytime I want (when it’s plugged) Plus, I set it with folders just as I had on my C:\ Drive.

Navigation Snip

One step not to forget:

  1. MOVE (not copy) the bulk of your files to the Seagate Expansion Drive.  This is a “cut and paste” not a drag and drop. CNTRL+X & CNTRL+V are the shortcuts
  2. Best to carve out some time to do this and move in smaller chunks of size. Instead of grabbing everything they will copy faster and less risk of copy-failure if you break it up into smaller ‘batches’.


If you need help to set this up, reach out to me!  


Anyway, that’s my Tip for May.  HOPE THIS HELPS!



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