Thanks so much. Now I am not confused on what I should do. I’ll go for the 2nd hard drive and to make sure I have enough room I’ll get 40 GBs. I can have one installed at CuttingEdge Computers in Bellevue, WA for $79.00 plus installation.
Greg, I was considering a partitioned drive. Thanks for your input.
The key to Photoshop's scratch and cache area is essentially the same as any other application's area. Since Windows itself doesnt load itself completely at runtime it will be in a constant state of loading and unloading different runtime modules during the course of any session. Normally this is in the background and is transparent to the user. That is unless the application scratch area and Windows area are the same.
Dont confuse Windows scratch and cache area with the virtual memory runtime used by the kernal and exective. That said, it really is beyond the question but here is the point.
Since there is alot of swapping going on (especially with small sized system drives (c:, and this is a novice trend to partition too small of a c: drive)) the location of where those swapped files are going can play havoc with the files used in Windows operation. If your scratch is on a drive that is used by other stuff, storage, system, etc, the system will slow and fragmentation will run amok.
Therefore, the key word and secret to the answer to your question is DEDICATE. Dedicate a logical or physical drive to the exclusive use of scratch swapping and cache. The swap file for Photoshop disappears at the end of each session so there will be no carryover to the next round. So each time you use PS you are writing to a clean disk with no other files to fragment the operation. This will result in a significant decrease in system slowdowns during the write.
My advise is to always partition a drive into the following.
system drive used only for system and hardare installations with free space of at least 150% of used space for 98.ME,XP
D: drive only used for the installation of program files.
e: drive only used for files you create and generate such as artwork, word files, etc.
with the last drive of at least 3 gigs dedicated to remain empty just for scratch and swap files.
Be sure to point to this dedicated drive in each application as the scratch area. Then make sure it stays empty.
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