For those followers who tried to read the last post, I deleted it.
To cut a long story short, (or make a short story long 😀 , as I’m not known for being concise), I finally decided to update my 2012 Apple Mac Pro laptop computer software from El Capitan to Mojave last Sunday and it almost wiped out my computer’s remaining storage. I’ve got about 3% left.
The day before, Saturday, I copied my old iphoto library (containing 895 folders of birds, flowers, landscapes, street photography etc), to a spare hard drive (just in case), and when I tried to import them back to my laptop, I lost all the photo folders and I now have all images in just one folder.
Thousands of archival images in date order……in ONE folder! No Library.
I’ve also lost about 6,000 images, (and I’ll tell you the story so those of you who are technology-challenged like me, might learn from my mistake). Well, I think it’s my mistake.
As the computer slowly imported the images off the spare hard drive back on to my laptop, it kept asking me if I wanted to delete ‘copies’.
I said ‘yes’. I knew I had copies on that old spare 2T hard drive.
I think the problem arose in that, I didn’t realise my cameras, which number each image, reaches 9,999, then rolls over and starts the newer images with 0001, 0002, 0003 & so on again, might have identified all images with the same image number as ‘copies’.
I didn’t realize how many images in my archives actually had the same image number.
So, in telling the computer to delete images which were supposedly ‘copies’, I think I’ve deleted original photos by mistake. And because I empty my trash each day. I’ve emptied the Trash too.
So what to do?
Just move on and accept my new reality. I’m not going to even think of recovering the last daily back-up, because I know it will have too much on it and the 2012 laptop, with its limited storage, will crash.
I’ve learned to accept, adapt and move on with a lot with serious chronic health problems and pain over the last 37 years. It’s a philosophy that works with computers, dropping favourite antique dishes, moving house twice in the last 5 years, downsizing 3 times during that time and many other aspects of my life.
Fortunately my current photo library from El Capitan, with its 6899 images, is still there.
This is comprised of about 3-4 years of photography plus a few nice bird/flower shots I’d managed to transfer from the old iPhoto library, one at a time, over recent years. You can’t combine old and new photo libraries from different software on the Mac in one task, but you can transfer 3-4 images at a time, so occasionally, I did 🙂
My computer is running so slowly, I’m having trouble opening emails, typing comments on blogs I follow etc. This may end up meaning I just pressing the LIKE button to let you know I have read your latest post, instead of typing a comment (for the blogs I follow).
It may mean….. just pressing the LIKE button when you make comments on my blog.
Sometimes replying when you’re a fast typist and the computer is going at a snail pace, is downright annoying/frustrating.
We’ll see how I go in the coming weeks with a slow running laptop computer.
I notice there are a few more editing tools in the (new) Mojave‘s photo editing software.
The tools, words and sliders are much smaller in size and it seems squashed up with no spaces between each tool on the right hand-side of the editing screen, and being on a black background is extremely difficult for me to read (with my short-sightedness and astigmatism), so editing any new photos might also be a problem in the future.
I rarely do much photo editing anyway, but I do like to tweak my images occasionally (especially if my shots weren’t as good as I would like straight out of the camera). I’m not particularly interesting in photo editing to be honest. I like images with integrity, natural colours, natural scenes, not over-saturated, over-edited distortions of the ‘truth’.
I think I probably need a new computer, but since this is not possible at the current time, I need to give some serious thought on how to proceed with my current computer speed and one-size-fits-all photo library.
And while I have reduced my computer time substantially over the last 12-15 months, my time online has been hit hard by Sunday’s software upgrade.
Coming to you from The Room With a View……’til next post 🙂
PS It’s as quiet as a mouse outdoors. The Construction Developers must have given their workmen an extra day off for Easter. Just loving the sound of Silence…..and the birdsong.