Illustrator CS3 Scratch Disks

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by swwack91, May 24, 2008.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    Where exactly does Illustrator put its scratch disk files after the scratch disk is set?

    I'm not sure which drive to set as my scratch (either my only internal drive or one of my externals) and I'd like to check how how much space it's using.

    On that note, how much space does it usually use up?
  2. speedfreek macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    As far as setting your scratch disc, IMO i think its best if you put it on your main hdd the computer works from so in this case the internal one.

    With how much space it takes up, it all depends at the time what you're working on. The larger the working file size the more it uses
  3. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Placing the scratch disk on a separate HDD will allow the computer read/write to system disk and scratch disk simultaneously. (faster, for obvious reasons)
    If the scratch disk is on the same HDD as the system files, read/write access will be shared. (slower, for obvious reasons)

    Use a high-speed SATA or PATA secondary disk (or striped array) for scratch files.
    USB2 and Firewire400 external drives are probably not fast enough.
  4. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    alright well granted that i'm working on a MBP - i'll take your advice into consideration and set the internal drive as my scratch disk.

    just out of curiosity - in which directory does Illustrator store this files? And do they erase themselves as soon as Illustrator quits?

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