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Hard drive / SSD in new notebook for CS6

Nov 24, 2012 11:00 AM

I am thinking of purchasing a Lenovo W530 with:



16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive


It has an option for a hot-swappable drive bay


I've read that SSD is ideal for the OS and programs and that an independent drive for files and scratch drive is a good idea. Lenovo says that it will not offer an SSD in the removable drive bay. Memory seems to be a lot cheaper elsewhere and I could buy an SSD and insert it later as the main drive.


What drive (HD or SSD) and what capacity should the main internal drive be?  Brand?


Is a separate scratch drive needed?  Can it be set up in the removable bay?  HD or SSD?  Capacity?


Where should files be stored?


How should the drive or drives be configured?


Also, it comes with 2 DIMM for a total of 8GB of RAM. Any suggestions about the optimum amount and what type to purchase?



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    Nov 26, 2012 11:53 AM   in reply to waynecollier

    Hi. Because the forum you originally posted in is for beginners trying to learn the basics of Photoshop, I moved your question to the Photoshop General Discussion forum.

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    Nov 26, 2012 12:19 PM   in reply to waynecollier

    Though it was written with Adobe Premiere Pro (video-editing program, that requires more I/O, than Photoshop), this article offers some great tips, and discussions on some of the "why:"


    It does not address the Lenovo line, but talks in generalities.


    I would also post to the Adobe Hardware Forum, and give the specifics of your intended use, plus the info above, that you provided on the Lenovo. There are a ton of hardware gurus there, who can likely address each of your questions very well: ions


    In general, and only up to the current state of SSD's (they are getting better, bigger, faster and cheaper, with every generation), I would reserve their use for the OS and programs, just as you noted. For drives that see a lot of reads and writes, I still would rely on HDD's. My thoughts might well change with the next generation.


    As for the media files, I store mine on my NAS, which is RAID 3. For more info on RAID, see this article:


    Good luck,




    PS - In the Adobe Hardware Forum, pay special attention to replies from Harm Millaard, Bill Gehrke, and both Eric and Scott from ADK (they build workstations, and laptops, for Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects, and know their hardware.

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