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CS6 is stilll only a 32-bit program, so only able to use a bit less than 4 GB of the RAM, which means there's no doubt a LOT of swap file usage going on here. How much free space is there on that SSD? Is that where your user profile is located (ID uses the temp directory in the user profile for swap space).
You could try moving the recovery folder (that's an option in the prefs) out of the user profile, but I don't expect it would help a whole lot, even if you are able to move it to another physical drive.
The SSD has 137GB free, but the user profile is on the drive. I'll try moving the temp folder to my secondary HDD
Moving temp folder to another drive where the software is not installed, will cause InDesign to crash possibly. That's not a good idea. Have you checked the Safe boot method to find out whether any conflicting application is causing the lag.
I'm not sure you can move the just the temp file, but it should work OK to move the entire user profile (which is a pain AFTER the system is set up). I've had my user profile on the D: drive for years along with other data that gets backed up daily so I don't lose it if the system drive goes down.
Okay, good call – thank you.
I haven't tried Safe boot, what should I try doing?
You can open the system configuration tool in Windows 8 as mentioned in these steps:
a) Press Windows key + R, to open the run command box
b) Type “msconfig” and press enter.
Later, to perform a clean boot, follow this URL: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135 and expand Windows 8. Follow steps 1 through 7.
Run MSconfig and go to the Startup tab and turn off all your non-essentials, same on the Services tab. You can also try booting into Safe Mode (tap the F8 key while the system boots up), but I'm not sure ID will actually run in Safe Mode on PC.
I am not a systems expert, but I wonder if you were to hide the links, and keep InDesign from accessing them that it might help. Truly just guessing.
Package the file so all the graphics are in a single folder. Then set the File Handling Preferences so InDesign doesn't yell at you when it can't find the links.
Then quit InDesign and move the folder to a new place. Then reopen InDesign. The preview of the graphics will suck, but it might help. And one more thing, close the Links panel.
Hey guys, thank you for all your help.
So far no luck. I tried stopping all but the essentials on MSCONFIG as well as booting in safe mode and booting in diagnostic mode, but I am still encountering the performance bug.
Is there anywhere in ID that puts a cap on resources (other than being 32 bit), like in Photoshop where you can set a RAM cap?
Alternatively, the data vis is such that I can break it up over a bunch of pages and re-combine it later, which is workable but not ideal.
Thank you guys for your time!
When was the last time you did a Save AS on this file? You may actually have a lot of file bulk you don't need and can't use built up in the form of obsolete change data. A Save As should clear it out, and an export to .idml would be effective, too.
Are there specific sections of your document where you're facing slow performance or you're talking about slow performance as a whole. Can you please specify your operations while facing slow performance within InDesign. Such as moving text frames, or movind graphics, or placing graphics or with text typing etc.