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CS6 scratch folder

Jan 23, 2013 3:07 PM

On my system I have a 120Gb SSD with programs (40GB free) and a 3TB HDD for all my photo files.

 

Looking at the settings in CS6 it seems as if it has automatically selected my SSD for the scratch folder although in the hints it suggests that the scratch folder should not be your boot drive, however, the fastest drive is probably best. What do you recommed? leave it as it is or change the scratch to the HDD?

 
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:04 PM   in reply to Pilsburypie

    If you had a 500g SSD scratch there would be great.  But the scratch needs to be at least 40 gig and if you do large projects could run up to 200g.

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:10 PM   in reply to Pilsburypie

    I couldn't have said it better than Curt, above.

     

    I'll add:

     

    Do you swap data to scratch a lot?  What's your RAM size?  You might not need so much scratch if your RAM is huge.  If you configure your HDD as the second scratch drive, it will use that if it exceeds the space on your SSD.

     

    I fully understand minimizing the size of SSD, since it's expensive (relatively speaking), but (in support of Curt's comment) I urge others who may be reading this and choosing to outfit their system with SSD to buy a much larger SSD than you think you need.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:47 PM   in reply to Curt Y

    Agree witn Curt and Noel.

     

    40 GB is woefully inadequate for the scratch, let alone to share it with the swap files of the OS.

     

    Figure on 50 to 100 times or more the size of your largest file multiplied by the number of files you have open.

     
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    Jan 24, 2013 6:52 AM   in reply to Pilsburypie

    While no hard and fast rule genereally if you allocate 2+ gig to OS you can use rest for photoshop.  Certain operations takes a lot of processing power and ram, but if a casual user you may not see much difference.

     

    I would not use the limited space of the SSD for scratch.  You may max it out.  Again, for a casual user you may not see much change. 

     
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:10 AM   in reply to Pilsburypie

    Again, Curt's right on.

     

    My experience:  When I had 16GB I was able to set the Photoshop limit to 90%, though if you want to be conservative choose 85%.  Unless you SPECIFICALLY have something else you want to run that's memory-intensive at the same time you're running Photoshop, the OS itself only needs 1 to 2 GB of RAM.

     

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