thought I'd ask you experts about how you store your photos, including backups, and work areas for new images, etc... Currently I have all of my images stored on a raid 1 array on a file server running 24x7 in the basement. They are backed up each night to a local HD and also to an off-site service - CrashPlan - which is very inexpensive for the peace of mind that it provides. Total content is about 350gb so far. The majority of these images are jpegs from my pre-DSLR days. An advantage of having them on a server is that everyone can view them including our Tivos which enable us to view pictures and home videos on any TV in the house. That's nice. If I didn't have TiVo I'd have Apple TV or something similar to enable on-TV viewing because it so easy to view your recent pics in room-filling HD...someday soon in 4K. Don't want to give that central storage up. One challenge with this though is that you can't view RAW files, certainly not LR modified views on these devices. That's a drawback. That's the background, here comes the what to do next part... I found LR slow. No surprise right? So I upgraded my PC. More horsepower, memory and a SSD. Better, but still sluggish. Storing images on the file server is part of the speed problem. My catalog is local on the SSD of course, but I'm still moving large raw files over the net to a raid 1 array. Also, I'm not able to view recent photos outside of LR. So the workflow change that I'm starting is to load all new images on the local SSD. I'll work with them there. When I'm finished with the keepers I'll export them as jpegs to the file server where we store and view all of our images. I'll then move the raw files to a new directory structure on the same file server just for raw images. That way the family and the Tivos and devices can access good old jpegs where they have always been and can easily be found, while I still preserve the keeper raw files elsewhere. I'll backup the local files while I'm working on them just in case. Once all is moved to the server, they'll benefit from the dual local and off-site backups. Does that sound like a practical process for both archiving raw images, making viewable jpegs accessible and protecting the images? Does it sound like it would work for physical workflow? The other question is regarding hardware. With all of these backups I'm wondering if a raid array is really necessary. I'm also,wondering if it's time to move to all SSD. I don't need a lot of storage yet. 1tb would give me room to grow for a couple more years. I cull my pictures aggressively. What do you experienced folks think about physical storage? Raid still beneficial? SSD speed still worthwhile over a network? SSDs reliable enough to make raid unnecessary? Thanks.