1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 22, 2014 7:50 AM by station_two

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      what to do when photoshop says scratch disk is full?

        • 1. Re: scratch disk
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          Get a bigger hard disk, preferably with a second, physically separate HD dedicated exclusively to Photoshop's scratch.

           

           

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          The rule of thumb I follow to figure out scratch space says to figure on 50 to 100 times the size of your largest file ever multiplied by the number of files you have open.  I have seen the scratch file exceed 800 GB once, an admittedly rare occurrence, but it often exceeds 200 GB when stitching large panoramas and the like.

           

          As an example—and stressing that I'm aware that others have even more scratch space than I do—I keep two dedicated, physically separate hard drives as my primary and secondary Photoshop scratch disks and a lot of GB free on my boot drive for the OS.  I also have 16 GB of RAM installed.

           

          Additionally, if you only have a single HD, i.e. your boot drive, you'd need it to be large enough to accommodate both the swap files of the OS as well as Photoshop's scratch.