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Old 10-20-2010, 11:50 AM
adamk adamk is offline
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scratch disc for macbook pro

I have a mac book pro connected with an NEC monitor that I edit off of. I'd like to set up a scratch disc for photoshop to hopefully run a little bit faster. Is it better to set up an external hard drive off of a USB/FW or to partition my hard drive.
The RAM is maxed out on the laptop, so cant gain any performance that way

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:03 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

Which version of Photoshop do you use? There is an optional plugin "disable scratch disk compression" (or similar name) which will speed up your work.

http://macperformanceguide.com/Optim...hop-Intro.html

http://macperformanceguide.com/Optim...CS5-Intro.html
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

You can modify your scratch disk settings in Preferences. By default, PS already sets up a scratch disk for you, so I don't see any benefit to partitioning. The better way to improve your performance is by looking at transfer rates. A very fast SSD (solid state drive) would be the best way to go.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:00 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

I am on CS5.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:18 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

so you can read this webpage and follow these instructions ...

http://macperformanceguide.com/Optim...CS5-Intro.html
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:37 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

thanks. do you think i'd see a better gain in performance if I bumped up the RAM to 8gb or got a SSD drive?
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:03 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

RAM is more related to image size and the number of layers involved. So the larger and more complex the work you do, the more RAM you would want. If you need to run concurrent apps, RAM will definitely help. I thought you were already maxed on RAM? It's cheap, and if your system can accept it, RAM is always a good investment.

A SSD addresses file transfer rates - opening and saving files, using filters, smart objects, and of course, the scratch disk mentioned earlier. SSD's are becoming more affordable, and the capacities are increasing.

Which one would give you the best performance gain depends on how you work and what kind of work you do. In an ideal world, you would want the fastest, largest capacity and most reliable hard drive(s) available, plus the fastest and highest amount of RAM your system can accommodate.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:52 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

I thought I was maxed out on RAM until i read the following links and saw you can add more into the MBPros.

thanks for the input. Do you think a SSD would help capture one speed when shooting tethered?

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RAM is more related to image size and the number of layers involved. So the larger and more complex the work you do, the more RAM you would want. If you need to run concurrent apps, RAM will definitely help. I thought you were already maxed on RAM? It's cheap, and if your system can accept it, RAM is always a good investment.

A SSD addresses file transfer rates - opening and saving files, using filters, smart objects, and of course, the scratch disk mentioned earlier. SSD's are becoming more affordable, and the capacities are increasing.

Which one would give you the best performance gain depends on how you work and what kind of work you do. In an ideal world, you would want the fastest, largest capacity and most reliable hard drive(s) available, plus the fastest and highest amount of RAM your system can accommodate.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:02 PM
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Re: scratch disc for macbook pro

The question is how are you going to connect SSD to your Mac? The best solution is eSATA or Firewire 800.

And how fast is your camera connection???
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