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SSD's - Best Practices
Paul DiSalvo, Photographer
Highlands Ranch | CO | United States of America | Posted: 10:52 PM on 01.26.15
->> It's been my understanding that to get the best from Ps, you needed to keep Apps on one drive and files on a second, then configure a scratch drive on your files drive for a little more performance. Now with an SSD or PCIFlash drive, would it be better to keep everything on the SSD since R/W speeds are so much better? Or would two SSD's be the best option? And what about a scratch drive? Any thoughts? Thanks.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 5:39 AM on 01.27.15
->> I've never heard of this practice. I would think that there are many other things that would increase performance even when using a standard 7200prm hard drive with app/files on the same drive.

I use Seagate external USB drives to archive and backup files and try to keep my local drive free space to no less than 40%. I also use Norton Utilities to automatically keep everything clean and happy. Been doing it that way for many years and feel overall performance with the Adobe Design Suite to be very good. I use HP Elitebook workstation laptops plugged into docking stations.

Just my 3 cents worth.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:45 AM on 01.27.15
->> Straight from adobe:

I have my OS and programs on one SSD, my Windows virtual memory on a second SSD, and a third small SSD for a PhotoShop scratch disk. YMMV.
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Stephen Brashear, Photographer, Assistant
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 12:50 PM on 01.27.15
->> I think it might be important to point out a few things regarding the Adobe best practices help article. I think this is a bit older article, when large capacity SSDs were way more expensive or altogether didn't exist some times, so it seems they are referring to using SSDs as main drives and HDDs (less expensive and larger) as scratch drives.

My understanding is as long as you have enough free space on your SSD, you will not see a huge improvement in performance if you use a SSD scratch drive. However, you will see a huge improvement with HDDs, since they physically access data (with platters and heads) differently than an SSD.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:15 AM on 01.28.15
->> It's not that out-of-date, since it addresses CC; and I know it has definitely been updated extensively since I first consulted the article.

But yes, common sense would tell you that adding an SSD scratch disk to an HDD-based system would provide a bigger boost than adding one to an SSD-based system - if that is what you are saying.

Using your program/OS disk (whether SSD or HDD) also as a scratch disk just adds one more "thing" trying to access the disk at the same time. That's why I keep my OS & programs, Windows virtual memory, and PS scratch disc all on separate SSDs.
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