One or two SSDs for Lightroom laptop

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One or two SSDs for Lightroom laptop
Apr 17, 2013

I'm looking at getting the HP 15t-4000 which has 15" 1080p IPS screen, i7, 12GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD.  I have the option for getting a second 256GB SSD in non-RAID configuration where I could locate the catalog, cache, and working RAW files.  However, this option is an additional $270 and I'm not sure whether the difference would be worth it.

I've read this article:

http://www.computer-darkroom.com/blog/will-an-ssd-improve-adobe-lightroom-performance/

But he only compares single SSD against SSD + mechanical drive.  In all tests SSD by itself beats having catalog/cache/images on a separate mechanical drive.  I would assume if he also tested a pair of SSDs that would be faster still.  The question is whether it would be a meaningful difference that you can feel vs a benchmark bragging right.  I'm not doing this professionally, I might at worst case import a couple hundred RAW files from a G5 at a time, usually much less.

My guess is that having a single SSD will be perfectly sufficient, but if anyone here has compared single SSD vs a second SSD for cache/catalog/images, I'd like to hear your experience.

Thanks!

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