What do you load on to SSD?

Started May 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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ditto for Windows pagefile
In reply to Ho72, May 29, 2013

Ho72 wrote:

Binary Hulled Ion wrote:

... but in a desktop you get the most reliable configuration putting all of the stuff the computer reads from on the SSD (boot & apps) and all of the places it commonly needs to write to often on the HDD (pagefile/swap, temporary files, data).

The files you advocate banishing to the HHD are exactly the types that benefit most from SSD's strengths.

Exactly.

In addition to your quote from Adobe,  here's one from Microsoft about using an SSD for the pagefile (pagefile.sys is used for virtual memory as needed):

"In fact, given typical pagefile reference patterns and the favorable performance characteristics SSDs have on those patterns, there are few files better than the pagefile to place on an SSD."

See this page about SSDs and you'll see a section about use of an SSD for the pagefile that quote came from:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/05/05/support-and-q-a-for-solid-state-drives-and.aspx

Conversely, having your apps and OS on the SSD (which everyone wants to do) accomplishes little since, once everything is loaded into RAM, the SSD is left twiddling its virtual thumbs. To quote Adobe:

Solid-state disks

To gain the greatest benefit from an SSD, use it as the scratch disk. Using it as a scratch disk gives you significant performance improvements if you have images that don’t fit entirely in RAM. For example, swapping tiles between RAM and an SSD is much faster than swapping between RAM and a hard disk.

Installing Photoshop on a solid-state disk (SSD) allows Photoshop to launch fast, probably in less than a second. But that speedier startup is the only time savings you experience. That’s the only time when much data is read from the SSD.

Linky

Write wear leading to accelerated SSD failure is not a concern in client-side applications.

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