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SSD for editing then move to HDD?

 
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Jan 07, 2018 23:13 |  #16

Archibald wrote in post #18535976 (external link)
Maybe your comparison is right, but the difference when working in LR is inconsequential.

Not sure if you just misunderstood/misread my post (or just disagree) but the difference (in relation to placement of the catalog and previews) isn't inconsequential.

Original RAW placement on HDD vs SSD = inconsequential
Catalog and previews placement on HDD vs SSD = speed improvement.

At least that is the result on my system.


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Jan 07, 2018 23:15 |  #17

When it comes to USB 3 media readers, I have found they can be significantly faster, and I've never had corrupt files myself. When it comes to updating a conventional HD to SSD, it's pretty easy now. You can get USB 3 adapters to plug a new SSD to USB 3, then mirror your current main HD to the SSD, then install and make it your main drive.

I also mirror other responses that the OS and apps installed on a SSD are the main speed advantage. I've got one laptop that has a 250GB SSD and 750GB HD. With it, I have my apps and OS on the SSD: and try to have 80GB free for cache/swap files. I keep my Lightroom catalogues in the default directory, and my RAWs stay on the HD (I've always tried keeping my HDs 7200 RPM). If the program in question is Lightroom, I think another potential slowdown is how big your catalogue is. I've heard folks complain about things really slowing down when they have really large catalogues. I'll create new catalogues for each "roll" of images I have.


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Jan 08, 2018 09:10 |  #18

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18536017 (external link)
Not sure if you just misunderstood/misread my post (or just disagree) but the difference (in relation to placement of the catalog and previews) isn't inconsequential.

Original RAW placement on HDD vs SSD = inconsequential
Catalog and previews placement on HDD vs SSD = speed improvement.

At least that is the result on my system.

At least you tried it and can speak from experience. :-) (Most just theorize.) I also tried it, tested it for 3 months, and found no noticible difference.


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Jan 10, 2018 05:15 as a reply to  @ davesrose's post |  #19

I start a new LR catalogue each year and do find by the time it gets over 250GB or so it will start to be a bit slower. I did run one with everything on and it made it very slow. It does stand to reason though as the Cat file will be having to deal with more data points so smaller gives it less work to do. When I upgraded to a USB3 reader (Transend) I noticed a significant improvement in import speed, I did replace it with a Lexar reader but that was for it sitting better on the desk.


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Jan 10, 2018 05:17 |  #20

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18536017 (external link)
Not sure if you just misunderstood/misread my post (or just disagree) but the difference (in relation to placement of the catalog and previews) isn't inconsequential.

Original RAW placement on HDD vs SSD = inconsequential
Catalog and previews placement on HDD vs SSD = speed improvement.

At least that is the result on my system.

I found the same, I did have the current year on an SSD but found no real drop in speed when the images were swapped over to a 7200rpm drive, the catalogue file does seem to work better on an SSD especially towards the end of year when it is larger.


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