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

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
(unknown member) Contributing Member • Posts: 651
bottleneck for RAW processing is the processor speed, not the disk speed

SSD won't help here - the amount of data of a RAW file is just a few megs / tens of megs. That amount of stuff is quickly moved around by any hard disk drive. Where you computer suffers is in the processing - you should get a new processor/computer if you want your RAW speed to increase.

I use LR 4 on a 2009 laptop and its age starts to show. I upgraded the drive to a SSD a year ago, speed in LR did not change. However the whole computer experience is much nicer, applications launch faster, the machine is overall more responsive.

Bottom line is: get an SSD if you want a more responsive computer, but this is not going to improve your RAW processing speed.

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