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  2. Okay brilliant, thanks for your feedback, I feel more comfortable knowing tech choices are sound. I will add in the hard drives and the 4 bay Nas. Last questions: 1) Would you include a cloud based storage system as well? If so which one...? 2) Screen: Would you have recommendations? I've been investigating the options between single or dual screens; or even an ultrawide if I could see the benefits (and is the dell ultrasharp good across the board or are there particular models that are better than others?). Thanks so much for the feedback, ordering parts today and will definitely be contributing to your beer fund 🙌🍻
  3. I'm thinking a Network Transfer is in your future. Might as well cut your losses and start it now. I've been in your shoes and it's not fun.
  4. Computer looks fine. What concerns me is the NAS. It doesn't list any hard drives and for that price, that's the cost of the NAS unit itself. Get a 4-Bay Model. Trust me. You'd be surprised on just how quickly you kick yourself for getting a 2 bay unit. I speak from experience. I'd get at least two Hard Drives to start with and here is the Drives that are meant for NAS Units that I would purchase: 12 TB Western Digital Gold Enterprise Grade Hard Drive Here is the NAS that is on my Amazon Wishlist: Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS920+ (Diskless), 4-bay; 4GB DDR4 Before you ask, no I don't like Seagate Hard Drives. I personally only purchase Western Digital Caviar Black or WD Gold Enterprise Grade Drives for my stuff.
  5. It was stuck at the very end so I cancelled it and just out of curiosity started "sector by sector" cloning option, which will take twice as long ugh... I guess I'll let it run overnight (right now it shows 6 hours remaining) and if that fails, I'll just copy from the network drive and hope for the best. I'll report back tomorrow, might be a useful lesson for someone someday (hopefully not!).
  6. Bad Sectors are always a PITA to deal with, especially when cloning. You might have some data loss, though it sounds like you have a handle on things. Let's see what happens after 5 hours.
  7. Brian

    Apple Desktop

    Buy it Right...Buy it Once!!! Hell, I'd rather you put that $750 towards a better lens than this 2011 iMac.
  8. If you really don't care about budget and are willing to spend around $3200, Bump up the CPU to the i9 and Video Card to the Middle Option. Still get AppleCare and increase the RAM to 64GB and you will have a sweet system for a good 7-8 years.
  9. danam

    Apple Desktop

    Photographing is a hobby for me. So I will just continue to save. Thank you for the advice!
  10. I wouldn't get the extra fancy screens. I have a tricked out 2017 27" iMac with Retina Screen and it's fine. The glare, really isn't THAT bad. If I were buying a new iMac today, this is what I would purchase, start with the $2299 27" iMac: Be sure to add AppleCare for $169. Then I would purchase this RAM Kit from B&H to increase your RAM from 8GB to 40GB: 32GB Upgrade Kit for 2019 - Current 27" iMac Systems - $134.99 Hell, for a total of $270, you can remove the existing RAM from Apple and bump your computer up to 64GB!
  11. Brian

    Apple Desktop

    "Eh..." 2011 is really old, at least by today's tech standards. High Sierra is also getting a bit long in the tooth as well and the current Operating Systems are not compatible; there is no upgrade path for you and that means if things get buggy and stop working, you are kinda SOL. Current versions of PS CC also might have an issue. That said, $750 is still $750, and I get it. You just need to have realistic expectations going into it. Are you comfortable throwing away $750? What I mean is, if you get a year or so out of this system, would you be OK with spending $750? Keep in mind, today's cameras, even the low-end consumer models start around 24MP. A 2011 iMac is fine for a 12-16MP Camera, otherwise it's gonna complain, even though it has 32GB of RAM. That 512GB HD doesn't make me happy either, but it's at least a 512GB SSD and that's not as bad as a 250GB or less HD, whatever type. Here is my advice: If you make money with your camera to put food on the table or a roof over your head and you need a computer to deliver stuff to clients, then yeah, this is a stop-gap computer. If you are doing this as a hobby, keep saving. With COVID-19 all around, most people aren't taking photos or traveling much, so I'd hold off until you get enough to buy a new iMac.
  12. danam

    Apple Desktop

    I don’t want to clutter your question board up with the same questions you always get, so I wanted to add that I have read through some feedback on here that you want to stick with an icore i7 and at least 16GB for photo editing. With that being said, my computer broke this year and I have not been able to afford to get another, but I noticed this desktop for sale on the marketplace and I wanted to be sure that this seems to be a good computer to purchase for editing. It says mid 2011 though so I’m not sure. Help! Thank you
  13. Have just ordered some prints (from mPix). Will take about a week to get.
  14. I am looking at the new iMac’s and for an additional few hundred they offer the nano-textured glass. Is this necessary? It says it cuts down on glare but the brief web search I did said it also affects contrast. I don’t need anything that interferes with my editing.
  15. Update: I'm trying to clone it using AOMEI free software, it should take around 5 hours. I'll post an update once it's done.
  16. Hi, My main storage disk is failing - it's a spanned partition (two physical disks: 3TB+500GB), the 3TB one is failing. I've scanned it with HD Tune Pro and it seems to have bad sectors. I bought a new one and I'm trying to copy the data over (around 2TB). Copy/paste worked until around 95% of data has been copied, now when I try to copy over the remaining stuff it throws some errors when copying (which is expected) but even if I skip them it just freezes. I've looked into cloning software like EaseUS (they have a free trial), but it seems it doesn't work with spanned partitions, they just don't show up as an option. I do have a network drive (WD My Cloud) that should have all the files backed up, but copying over network will take absolute ages, so I'd rather start with cloning the disk and if there are some corrupted/missing files I'd copy them over from the network drive. Any thoughts? Thanks, Sara
  17. PS obviously some part I had him double up on (i.e. 2-bay vs 4-bay NAS system, as I'm not sure which would be more beneficial without going ott).
  18. Hi Brian; Would you be willing to help me commit to a parts list? I'd love to finally take your advice and ditch my laptop in favour of a robust desktop. I have a gear list attached, and am ready to order; happy to spend some money to future-proof, but don't want to over-engineer for the sake of it (and I am not sure how to tell the difference). Budget tops out at 4-5k aud, but would be happy to save a dollar to put to a new lens. Hoping to get your feedback on this list, as pc parts guy isn't a photographer (and I'm no computer parts expert). I'm mainly shooting families and weddings, currently shooting stills on D750's but toying with the idea of a mirrorless upgrade and possibly including video with stills in the mid-future. He's added an ips monitor, but not sure what the latest Dell ultrasharp choice would be...(and recommended monitor size for working at regular desk (800mm deep) and sharing with clients in the office??) Thank you for all the knowledge you continue to share within this community.
  19. I don't think you've got anything to worry about. This will print beautifully on canvas.
  20. Last week
  21. Hold on, don't bother recalibrating yet. You can't calibrate until you have some pro lab prints. Go ahead and order those right away. Some info about choosing prints here.
  22. Dell PremierColor was enabled. I've disabled it and am ready to start a recalibration. I have these display settings: White Point: CIE Illuminant D65 Luminance: 80 cd/m2 Gamma Tone Response Curve: sRGB (I previously used Standard, with Gamma set to2.2) Are these OK? What do you suggest for "Adjust for ambient light"? Thanks.
  23. First things first, have you done this? https://www.damiensymonds.net/premiercolor
  24. First of all, I have a general problem in that I have two monitors that display colors differently, even after calibrating them both with the x-rite i1 pro. Monitor #1 is an integral part of my Dell Inspiron 5720 computer, and monitor #2 is a stand-alone Dell monitor. Both monitors are 27" (not sure that matters much), with maximum resolutions of 3840x2160 (monitor #1) and 1920x1080 (monitor #2). Here is how a particular photo appears on each of the monitors Monitor #1 Monitor #2 As for printing, I have only used my in-home Epson ink-jet printer. Its color rendition is much closer to that of monitor #2, but with a somewhat darker overall appearance. I took a photo of the print in a well-lit room to give you an idea of the comparison. I am printing on matte photo paper rather than glossy - not sure how much difference that makes.
  25. Talk to me, @Mike Comber. In what way does your screen differ from your prints?
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