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Using SSD with Lightroom

Dave Beasley is online
21 March 2015 12:27
eosfan
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Hi all,

I am considering adding an internal 250GB SSD to my 4 year old MacPro (16GB RAM) but have no experience and little knowledge of SSDs. At the moment I use the "standard" internal HDD for program files, an internal 2TB Western Digital Red HDD for image files and an external 3TB Buffalo drive for backing up image files and catalogs.

If I do buy an SSD, am I right in thinking that its best use would be for holding the catalogs?

Thanks

Dave


HowardJ is off-line
21 March 2015 12:38
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Yep, there's plenty of guidance on the internet on how best to use SSDs with Light room.


21 March 2015 14:44
paule
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May have a google at that...

I currently have my cat' on an SSD along with the swap / cache area...

Previously I had them on spinning disks and LR would pause between modules: Library to Develop.. now it doesn't

New release, v6 due imminently.


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21 March 2015 15:55
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Can't speak from a Mac point of view but buying a cheapie SSD (64GB) for my Lightroom catalogues on my PC made a world of difference, especially since my PC's a dinosaur (only 4GB or RAM and a first generation quad core CPU).
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DJ200 is online
21 March 2015 16:32
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I have a 500gb SSD that holds Lightroom, PS CS6 and the LR catalogue. All works a treat, and super fast too. Using Windows 8.1

Regards
David


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21 March 2015 16:42
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Sandisk Extreme Pro is currently one of the best SSD around with 10 years guarantee.


Dave Beasley is online
21 March 2015 16:51
eosfan
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Well you've all convinced me, I've ordered the bits!

Thanks for all the replies

Dave


DJ200 is online
21 March 2015 18:06
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Quote from Chandos
Sandisk Extreme Pro is currently one of the best SSD around with 10 years guarantee.



Yep, that's what I got.



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21 March 2015 18:10
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Also on a sandisk ssd 120gb, it runs windows and ps ever so fast. It was handy to use a bit of software called paragon migrate to mirror the c drive across into the new ssd. That way, if you have a problem you can still boot from the old hard drive too.


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
22 March 2015 04:38
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They basically work best where there's any sort of random access. So booting is given a massive boost as the system boots endless hundreds/thousands of driver & library files. Lightroom catalogues are also good examples as it contains all of the thumnails etc in a massive database.

Although they'll still be better than mechanical drives, the performance boost won't be as significant for things like video editing (or at least the processing) as it's primarily CPU oriented and the data's simply streaming steadily from the drives.

One word of warning... it's good practice never to fill up an SSD (or indeed get anywhere near close to filling it up). It's all to do with what's called wear-levelling and how the drives protect themselves from damage (because as we know, flash memory has finite write cycles).
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