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About Brian

  • Birthday 01/30/1973

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  • Main editing computer
    Mac desktop
  • Editing software
    Lightroom with Photoshop
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  • Cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment
    Nikon D4s, Nikon D850, Nikon Trinity, plus a bunch of other expensive crap that I don't need which doesn't make me a better photographer. LOL!! Follow me on Instagram! @jennie.brian.seetheworld

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  1. Once you get the HD, let me know. I want to make sure that it's setup correctly, BEFORE you put any files on it. Since your HD isn't coming up at all anymore, I won't bother with the commands that I wanted to try. It probably won't work anyway. At this point, you are looking at Forensic Data Recovery; meaning you ship your EHD to a company like Gillware Data Recovery Serivces and they recover things for you and mail you back a DVD or Thumbdrive. I will warn you, this type of recovery is not cheap. Like $1500-ish not cheap. But if you have client work that you absolutely need, going this route is cheaper than legal fees.
  2. Oh, this is bad, VERY BAD!! While doing this every once-and-awhile will probably not cause any real issues, but pulling the USB Drive without ejecting all the time? Sooner or later that HD or Thumb-Drive, etc. will start to get corrupted. Then we are in the position that you are in. It's like a slow leak in a Tire...sooner or later things get corrupted. I highly recommend you watch this video, Linus does a really good job at explaining why. Do You Really Need to Eject USB Drives? Not Seagate drives! I've been burned by them too many times over the years. I even had one physically smoke on me. I also don't buy the "$79 Special" EHD from a big box store, which people are used to buying. My external drives are closer to $500 or so. But my drives are big, beefy and Enterprise Grade. I'm kinda picky about my drives; I don't mess around. Spending more for a quality HD saves me spending $1500+ on professional data recovery. Here is one that will probably be a bit more affordable for you: SanDisk Professional 4TB G-DRIVE Enterprise-Class Desktop Hard Drive HDD It's $185 for a 4TB Drive. I have a 12TB drive, so it costs more. Honestly? The better buy is getting the 6TB for $210. Think about it, for an extra $25, you get two more terabytes! So I'd really get the 6TB G-Drive. Yep, that's corrupted data rearing its ugly head. I have a few things to try, but will respond later. I need to get going for my day job. I will write later. The best thing you can do right now is leave that drive alone. The more crap you throw at it (data recovery software) trying to get to your data in a panic, the worse you will make things.
  3. Is the HD "Clicking" at all. Not the normal chatter you get from accessing the drive, but a click...click...ka-thump....click. It may be worth it to take the EHD to your software guy and try accessing it on another computer. Also, do you unplug / disconnect this EHD a lot? If so, do you "Eject" the drive each-and-every-time? What make / model is this drive?
  4. On a 1920 x 1080 screen, yes…you want FHD. So I’d get the FHD IPS screen, definitely.
  5. Out of the 3, #1 is the only one that mentions an IPS Display, but “IPS Grade” doesn’t sound like a true IPS display. See how difficult it is to find a IPS Display in a stupid laptop? I’d go with #1 out of the three and be prepared to use an external display, though give it a shot. You might get lucky.
  6. I deleted the post on FB Ask Damien. Here is my answer again: 1. Buy a Bluetooth Mouse. If your laptop has a USB-C port, chances are it has Bluetooth. 2. SD Reader. If all you need is a SD Reader, here is one: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-UHS-II-Reader-SDDR-409-G46/dp/B078JTMDWH/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=2CP70STAGVGJ5&keywords=usb+c+SD+reader+sandisk&qid=1655942455&sprefix=usb+c+sd+reader+sandis%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-3#
  7. Yes. Also Crypto-Mining primarily uses video card GPUs, due to them being so fast. I like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB line of cards, particularly the MSI Version. Keep in mind, you will need to more than likely upgrade the power supply when you install one of those cards. Here is the card on Best Buy. Take a look at this thread, it's about Dell XPS 8700 computers and the lack of space for these large video cards. While I do recommend the Dell XPS line of computers, it's always better to purchase the bigger/better video card when you configure things. Otherwise you end up in the situation that you are in. Here is the power supply that is recommended, due to it being able to fit correctly in your case, but it's out of stock with no ETA.
  8. You aren't the only one. The recent version of PS is requiring a lot more from the Video Card (Graphics Card) not only for a performance boost, but for fancy tools like Content Aware and Liquify. What that error means is your video card's drivers are out of date AND it's extremely under-powered for the current version of Photoshop. You have two choices: Find an older copy of PS CC that's still available and use that from now on. Replace the video card and possibly the power supply to support the new video card. Since a "Good Video Card for Photoshop" will run you around $900, and a few hundred more for the power supply, plus installation, now maybe the time that you make a hard assessment about your current computer and start saving for a new one.
  9. Eh...no. You would need to be hyper-anal on what is installed on that main drive. Remember, you don't get 500GB to play with; after partitioning & formatting, the Windows OS, you are probably around 400GB or so. Then you install Photoshop and the other Astro-Software programs, not to mention all the Bloatware that comes with a store-bought laptop...and quickly realize you needed to upgrade that HD. 1TB for the main drive, at a minimum in 2022. Preferably SSD or m.2.
  10. How much free space is on your hard drive? I'm wondering if your PS Scratch Disk, or other Stacking Programs' cache file areas just don't have enough space to be efficient? You might want to start killing things, be ruthless in your culling. Try to get your Main HD to 60% or better of free storage space. Once you get above 80% full, performance takes a hit. You also might want to do three smaller batches of photos instead of a huge lump. I understand this isn't ideal, it might be a bandage for now. Especially with only 24GB of RAM. You really-really-really want 64GB. Trust me. Also, again, it's really tough to find a IPS screen in a laptop. So if you can stand doing your editing at home in a single location, you could get a beefy laptop and a external IPS display. Just a thought.
  11. I also have a Nikon D850. I know exactly what you are going through. Yes Your new lens is gone regardless. It's COVID-19 / Chip Shortage Pricing!! While $AU 3.5K might sound like a healthy budget, I'd say at least $AU 4000K might be more realistic. Or more. Things have gotten a little better in terms of availability, but manufactures have skimped out on what they offer "under the hood" in terms of technical specifications. Just like here in the States, we "almost" get a Gallon of Ice Cream, or there are two-less of _________ in each packet. Nobody wants to be the bad guy, so they offer less which keeps the prices similar to what they were. Now of course the dreaded laptop question.... You are looking at a gaming laptop. Why? Well... for starters, you need 64GB of RAM due to that Nikon D850 and the 45.7MP Sensor that creates HUGE Raw files. The other thing you are going to need is a Video Card that has a dedicated GPU with its own dedicated Video Memory, around 8GB is fine. This is to make Photoshop happy and any image stacking that you might be doing. The more RAM, the better. Then the CPU Chip should be at least a current i7 or Ryzen 7. (i9 if you can swing it.) Storage, at least 1TB for the main drive. You'd be surprised on how many laptops come with stupidly small main drives these days, like 250GB or Smaller. Seriously, it's a cost-cutting measure. Now comes for the really hard part: The Screen. It really, REALLY needs to be a IPS-Based Display Panel if you are editing photos. Otherwise, you are using a External Screen that has a IPS Display Panel. IPS Screens have a better viewing angle, and are consistent from corner to corner when it comes to brightness, sharpness, colors, contrast, and clarity. Which is kinda important if you are editing photos. The problem is, they are more expensive to make than they typical display, a TN or Twisted Nematic. Those displays work for a variety of environments, like sitting in a coffee shop or airport, working from home under crappy lighting, etc. They are also better for video games. Basically, a TN Display Panel is fine for everything except photo editing. To summarize: Intel i7 / Ryzen 7 Minimum | Intel i9 or equivalent, preferred 64GB RAM 1TB Main Drive | Larger second drive, internal or external. I'd say go bigger, like 8TB-12TB. Dedicated Video GPU with 8GB Video Memory. (e.g. NVIDIA GTX 3070 with 8GB of Video RAM.) IPS Display Panel OR Purchase an external one to do your editing. Damien and I usually start with the Asus Republic of Gamers Line of Laptops. I'd start there.
  12. Oh, you have one of those blasted "Fusion Drives?" Yes, upgrade the HD to a SSD. I'd go for a 2TB Model, such as this one. You will also need an adapter kit to fool your Mac's internal sensors. If you are looking for decent storage, I'd invest in a 12TB External HD that is Thunderbolt 3 based. Here is the drive that I use: SanDisk Professional 12TB G-DRIVE PRO - Enterprise-Class Desktop Hard Drive Going from 8GB to 64GB and installing a SSD will make a HUGE difference in performance. It will be like you have a brand-new computer. Just be sure to make a Time Machine Backup and bring that along to restore your new HD. Or you can install a fresh OS and install things fresh if you want. In either case, this is way cheaper than spending $5200 on a new iMac. I'm quite happy with my 2017 27" iMac, and it runs Photoshop CC just fine. The only thing that might concern me is if you didn't upgrade the video card at the time of purchase. PS CC utilizes the video card for not only a performance boost, but fancy tools like liquify and content aware.
  13. Bump that sucker up to 64GB. I have a 2017 27” iMac. As long as you have at least a 1TB Drive, and don’t fill it to capacity, PS will run fine with the 64GB. Honestly, I’d invest in a 12TB Thunderbolt 3 G-Drive before replacing the internal drive, especially if it’s already a SSD Drive. Start with upgrading the RAM to 64GB and make an assessment on PS. Then we will talk HDs. 8GB I’m 2022 is like 4GB in 2010.
  14. This is the main problem with laptops. It's the display panel technology. The one you linked to I can configure it to check almost all of my check-boxes, except for the most important one: an IPS Based Display Panel. That Alienware Laptop doesn't have one. IPS Display Panels (Screens) have a better viewing angle, have consistent colors, sharpness, brightness and contrast from corner to corner. Which is kinda important if you are editing photos. It is so difficult to find a IPS Display in a laptop. So much that I've stopped linking to them because they are discontinued in a matter of weeks and I just can't keep up. Of course, you could get a fancy laptop and edit off of an external IPS Display, though that kills any portability. (Which to be honest, is what you want when editing photos. Consistent lighting, same viewing angle and not be tempted to edit by the Pool, Dining Room, in the car on the way to Holiday / Vacation. Yes, someone asked me for which laptop to buy so they can edit in the car, SMDH.) The other thing with those laptops, is Dell is taking a cue from Apple, meaning you can not upgrade anything after the initial purchase. Well, at least not without taking the entire thing apart, and that's something that I will not tell you to do. Too much liability. So with that in mind, here is that laptop configured by me: Yep. That's expensive. Way too much money to spend on a damn laptop, IMHO. Even in NZ$.
  15. Since the Ryzen configuration did not mention the video card, that one is off the table. The current versions of Photoshop utilize the Video Card (GPU) for some of its functions to work. If you don't have a decent performance graphics card, Photoshop will complain and not work right. The Intel computer, the Video Card is under-powered and I don't like the 500GB Main Drive.
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