Adobe Suite & Scratch Disk

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by bLiss, May 11, 2012.

  1. bLiss macrumors member

    bLiss

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    #1
    I'm getting back into the Web design game and conveniently need a new Mac. Looking to the iMac, this version or a future update if I can wait long enough.


    I'll get right to it:
    1. Photoshop scratch disk - how to determine capacity?
    2. Scratch disk via USB - OK? Or use FW instead?

    I'll probably download a variety of apps from the new Adobe cloud thing hence, I want the system to be up to task.

    Cheers


    PS: My sig is a music recording/editing workhorse... nothing to do with this :)
     
  2. schimmel macrumors member

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    1. Hard to give any numbers, it will depend on how much RAM you have, how large files you're gonna work with. If you're just gonna do website mockups/gfx for example, you don't need to bother, it's gonna fit in RAM anyhow. If you're gonna work with 16-bit RAW-format and tons of adjustment layers, first get as much RAM as possible, then you can assign maybe 20-30GB for scratch disk, that should be plenty.

    2. FW is way better since it has double the transfer speed. A Thunderbolt, or internally connected SSD, would be ideal. A 5400rpm 2.5" USB 2.0 connected HD would be the least ideal.
     
  3. bLiss thread starter macrumors member

    bLiss

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    Thanks schimmel

    I was planning 8 GB of ram minimum just because - why not? It's cheap.

    Giant RAW files - no. Illustrator vectors and logos/web backgrounds/web graphic creating in PS - yes.

    I take it modern web designers don't worry about this kind of thing... the scratch disk that is
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Scratch disk is useful for those working with video, large photos, and large files hundreds of MB in size or larger.

    Web designer = NO need.

     
  5. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    I'd just upgrade the machine to 16GB of RAM from a reputable third party reseller and leave it at that.
     

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