SSD drive for my photos - it's worth it, right?

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Yemble Senior Member • Posts: 2,305
Re: SSD drive for my photos - it's worth it, right?

arie wrote:

Yemble wrote:

arie wrote:

Whenever I process RAW photos it takes a long time and my guess is that it would take a lot less time with an SSD drive. Does anyone else use one for their photos? For under $200, it seems like it's worth the extra speed.

OCZ Agility 240g


When partitioned correctly, SSD can make a HUGE difference to the performance of a PC and especially a laptop. I have a mixture of SSD, fast SATA HDs and a Synology NAS with low power WD Red drives. I do all of my photo editing on SSD and then back up to the NAS. I have both OCZ Agility 4 and Vertex 3 SSDs plus an older Crucial S300. The Vertex is probably for PCs, but the Agility is ideal for a laptop.

The price of SSDs is dropping, but IMHO they are worth buying at any price.

Ok, good point. But SSD aren't really for any specific platform (given that they fit). I assumed I could use any SSD on my PC with the same result. I'm aware that different SSD drives have different specs, speeds and reliability.

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I suppose the point I was trying to make is that laptops are typically compromised in so many ways that they cannot fully utilise the bandwidth of a top flight SSD... so the cheaper Agility series is more than adequate.  A top-end PC mo-bo, on the other hand, can push the SSD to its limits, so the higher spec. Vertex series can make more sense.

Partition alignment is crucial for top performance and not something that you can rely on the OS to get right!  On Windows, it is advisable to use DISKPART and align all partitions to 4096.  You should also ensure that the Windows paging file and temp folders are on SSD, as well as any caching locations, eg. for PhotoShop.

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