Apologies if this has been dealt with previously (grateful for any links, if so). I've been having a bit of a discussion over at the Elements Village on Scratch Disks. Although when I was learing Photoshop Elements, and then later the full versions of PS 3 and then 5 Extended, none of the stuff I read seemed to stress the importance of having separate disk drives dedicated to them and not used for anything else. I hope I'm not doing Adobe an injustice, but from memory the Classroom books didn't make it a big issue, and I don't think I even ever heard of Scratch Disks until some years ago reading Steve Caplins 'How to Cheat at Photoshop', where he does talk about how essential it is to keep the Scratch Disks separate from the main computer HD.
The Classroom in a Book, which is truly excellent and I've worked thru it religiously (so to speak) deals with Scratch Disks in a fairly short paragraph and clearly leaves the reader / student with the impression that it's fine to leave them where they are. If I'm right (and it's a while since I completed his course) Steve also doesn't -- in his Lynda.com series -- pay any attention to the matter (forgive me please, Steve, if I've misrepresented you).
My question is really about the modest user like myself working on small projects. By 'small' I mean a video lasting no more than, say, 2 or 3 minutes, tho' I know even that can generate quite huge file sizes. But I don't start new projects with an entire video-shoot of, say, 30 minutes or so.
In other words, is it possible to make too much of a fuss about connecting external hard drives with large capacity connected permanently via USB 3.0 (at best) or 2.0 at least? I do in fact have two ext HDs connected to my Windows 7, 64-bit, 16GB RAM i7 3.40GHz (just so you know, I'm not boasting). I got one of these after reading Caplin's book (see above) for Photoshop scratch disk use, and the other just as a second back-up (I already had an HD as first backup) for my photos.
But as time went on, I began to use both ext HDs for backup, and made a partition on my internal HD for Photoshop (I was advised over at the 'Village' that this wouldn't speed up the workflow).
So two questions really. (1) Why do the books (seem to) make no big deal out of where to locate Scratch Disks? (Not to frighten away technophobes?!) or
(2) Is it really so vitally important for users like myself, not working on 'blockbusters'?
Thanks in advance for enlightenment on this. The Village helped, but I'm still in some doubt and I don't want to try their patience over there any further. Hoping I don't try yours as well,
Milton Keynes UK