Best way to set up my scratch disks?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Mark, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Hey there,

    My HD is partitioned

    C: 5gig (1.8 free)

    D: 25gig(15 free)



    How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
     
    Mark, Jan 9, 2004
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  2. Mark

    Tin Ear Guest

    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    >
    >
    > Hey there,
    >
    > My HD is partitioned
    >
    > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    >
    > D: 25gig(15 free)
    >
    >
    >
    > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    >

    Are these two physical disks or are they partitions on the same physical
    drive?

    If it is on the same physical drive, I'd opt for the larger free space. If
    it is a separate physical drive, I'd opt for the one without the operating
    system.

    If you only have one physical drive, have you considered adding a second
    drive to your system? Moving your data to a separate physical drive and
    setting up a swap area there makes a big difference in performance. Big
    drives are relatively inexpensive: I've seen a 120 Gb with a highspeed
    controller for around US$130 at a local member warehouse. Comparable pricing
    on 'net too. You can also shop garage sales, etc and pick up a spare 20 - 30
    Gig and use it just for swap space. If you do this with Microsoft operating
    systems, you'll get a big performance boost. I don't know enough about Mac
    to know if this works for tem as well.
     
    Tin Ear, Jan 9, 2004
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  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    "Tin Ear" <> wrote in message
    news:VfxLb.9817$...
    >
    > "Mark" <> wrote in message
    > news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    > >
    > >
    > > Hey there,
    > >
    > > My HD is partitioned
    > >
    > > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    > >
    > > D: 25gig(15 free)
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    > >

    > Are these two physical disks or are they partitions on the same physical
    > drive?
    >
    > If it is on the same physical drive, I'd opt for the larger free space. If
    > it is a separate physical drive, I'd opt for the one without the operating
    > system.
    >
    > If you only have one physical drive, have you considered adding a second
    > drive to your system? Moving your data to a separate physical drive and
    > setting up a swap area there makes a big difference in performance. Big
    > drives are relatively inexpensive: I've seen a 120 Gb with a highspeed
    > controller for around US$130 at a local member warehouse. Comparable

    pricing
    > on 'net too. You can also shop garage sales, etc and pick up a spare 20 -

    30
    > Gig and use it just for swap space. If you do this with Microsoft

    operating
    > systems, you'll get a big performance boost. I don't know enough about Mac
    > to know if this works for tem as well.


    hey thanks for that,

    Im on a laptop :( with one drive partitioned.
    >
    >
     
    Mark, Jan 9, 2004
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  4. Mark

    Alvie Guest

    RTFM perhaps?
    IDE hard drives have uniqueness in their need to do one operation at a time.
    Beter to have 2 different drives, not different partitions.
    RTFM
    ABC

    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    >
    >
    > Hey there,
    >
    > My HD is partitioned
    >
    > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    >
    > D: 25gig(15 free)
    >
    >
    >
    > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    >
    >
     
    Alvie, Jan 9, 2004
    #4
  5. Mark

    Brian K Guest

    D: first, C: second.


    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    >
    >
    > Hey there,
    >
    > My HD is partitioned
    >
    > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    >
    > D: 25gig(15 free)
    >
    >
    >
    > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    >
    >
     
    Brian K, Jan 9, 2004
    #5
  6. Mark

    Donald Link Guest

    Start out with a bigger hard drive. You have such a puny drive for today's
    standard and you can pickup up 80 gig for the price of a movie and popcorn
    if you look for sales. Even less if you ask around since a lot of people
    have 40 and 80 drives laying in drawers. I have 2 a Maxtor and a Western
    Digital almost new since upgrading to a 200 gig and a 250 gig since I do a
    lot of video editing.



    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    >
    >
    > Hey there,
    >
    > My HD is partitioned
    >
    > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    >
    > D: 25gig(15 free)
    >
    >
    >
    > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    >
    >
     
    Donald Link, Jan 10, 2004
    #6
  7. Mark

    Mark Guest

    thanks Brian.

    "Brian K" <iibntgyea4_ > wrote in message
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    > D: first, C: second.
    >
    >
    > "Mark" <> wrote in message
    > news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    > >
    > >
    > > Hey there,
    > >
    > > My HD is partitioned
    > >
    > > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    > >
    > > D: 25gig(15 free)
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Mark, Jan 10, 2004
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  8. Mark

    Tin Ear Guest

    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:btmhue$8su5m$-berlin.de...
    >
    > "Tin Ear" <> wrote in message
    > news:VfxLb.9817$...
    > >
    > > "Mark" <> wrote in message
    > > news:btlm4k$8kabe$-berlin.de...
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Hey there,
    > > >
    > > > My HD is partitioned
    > > >
    > > > C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    > > >
    > > > D: 25gig(15 free)
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    > > >

    > > Are these two physical disks or are they partitions on the same physical
    > > drive?
    > >
    > > If it is on the same physical drive, I'd opt for the larger free space.

    If
    > > it is a separate physical drive, I'd opt for the one without the

    operating
    > > system.
    > >
    > > If you only have one physical drive, have you considered adding a second
    > > drive to your system? Moving your data to a separate physical drive and
    > > setting up a swap area there makes a big difference in performance. Big
    > > drives are relatively inexpensive: I've seen a 120 Gb with a highspeed
    > > controller for around US$130 at a local member warehouse. Comparable

    > pricing
    > > on 'net too. You can also shop garage sales, etc and pick up a spare

    20 -
    > 30
    > > Gig and use it just for swap space. If you do this with Microsoft

    > operating
    > > systems, you'll get a big performance boost. I don't know enough about

    Mac
    > > to know if this works for tem as well.

    >
    > hey thanks for that,
    >
    > Im on a laptop :( with one drive partitioned.
    > >
    > >

    You could add a second physical drive by buying an external USB or FireWire
    connect drive. When installed, you OS sees these as a local drive, not a
    removable drive. As with any peripheral, you get what you pay for in terms
    of storage and reliability. Mileage varies a lot on this, so I'll stay away
    from suggesting a brand. Pick your price point and see how much you can get
    for your money.
     
    Tin Ear, Jan 10, 2004
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  9. Mark

    Bobs Guest

    On Fri, 9 Jan 2004 02:44:09 -0800, "Mark" <> wrote:

    >
    >
    >Hey there,
    >
    >My HD is partitioned
    >
    >C: 5gig (1.8 free)
    >
    >D: 25gig(15 free)
    >
    >
    >
    >How should I set it up in PSCS for best performance?
    >

    There's little point in putting scratch areas on a partition of the
    same drive Photoshop is on, since it just means that the HD head is
    going to be fetching from one place and writing data to another
    location on the same drive, taking considerable time in the process.
    The correct solution is to define the scratch area on another,
    preferably defragmented drive. Ideally, a dedicated drive for this
    purpose will allow simple housecleaning.
     
    Bobs, Jan 10, 2004
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  10. Mark

    Bobs Guest

    On Fri, 9 Jan 2004 10:38:51 -0800, "Mark" <> wrote:

    >
    >Im on a laptop :( with one drive partitioned.
    >>
    >>

    On a laptop, you can add an external USB2 or SCSI drive--I've got 3
    hanging on my laptop.
     
    Bobs, Jan 10, 2004
    #10
  11. Mark

    Brian K Guest

  12. Mark

    Brian K Guest


    > >

    > There's little point in putting scratch areas on a partition of the
    > same drive Photoshop is on, since it just means that the HD head is
    > going to be fetching from one place and writing data to another
    > location on the same drive, taking considerable time in the process.
    > The correct solution is to define the scratch area on another,
    > preferably defragmented drive. Ideally, a dedicated drive for this
    > purpose will allow simple housecleaning.



    I've never had a convincing answer to the following scenario. Say you only
    have two hard drives. Photoshop is installed on the first, the Windows
    page-file is in a partition on the second. Adobe says to put the scratch
    disk on a hard drive that doesn't contain the page-file. So the primary
    scratch disk should be in a partition on the first hard drive, the drive on
    which Photoshop is installed. Right?
     
    Brian K, Jan 11, 2004
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