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Is my Photoshop CS2 broken or am I?

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Old 04-12-2006, 09:21 PM
Sheri Medford Sheri Medford is offline
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Murry,

I have a C drive only with 1BG ram. AND then I have a external HD that is 100 GB. It is the external that I want to use as a scratch file but I don't know how to set that up, do you guys?

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Old 04-12-2006, 11:42 PM
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Sheri, just go to your Edit Menu in PS and choose Edit>Preferences> Plug-ins & Scratch Disks. In then 1st box pull down menu, select the name or letter of your external drive. You do not need to put anything in the other boxes.
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:44 PM
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Cool! So I went to the plugins and scratch disk dialog It only had start up listed in the first box. So I put C drive in the second box and F drive in the third??????????????? Is that right. Is Start up a separate drive from C?

I think I need to find information about scratch disks and paritioning HDs. Anything on this site or another place to get info without overwhelming myself.

Thanks Murray.
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:19 PM
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Sheri, in your case the Startup drive is your C drive. So in the first box you should have your External Drive. In the 2nd box you can enter your C Drive although it is very unlikely that your external drive will be full. Leave the 3rd box empty.

The disk that you designate as the PS scratch disk is just used as a temporary scratch pad for Photoshop. When you work in PS and you have a large image open and it has many layers and you have many history states, the reality is that PS will need more RAM than you have available in your computer. So PS just uses the scratch area as temporary storage. When PS shuts down, it clears all of that disk space (usually in the hundreds of megabytes). The reason that it is preferred to have the scratch drive be on a drive which is not your system drive, is because you Windows OS also uses a scratch disk area (usually the C Drive). Having both scratches on the same drive tend to slow things a bit.

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Old 04-17-2006, 03:03 PM
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Thanks Murray, I just made those changes for the scratch disc and I hear my external activate when Im in PS, so I think it is working fine. Thank you once again!
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