Question about SSD Expresscard along with editing photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 88888888, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    Would getting a ssd expresscard like this one :
    and using it as a separate hard drive for editing photos. Do you think it will be slow/laggy while editing with aperture?

    I think it's faster than using a separate external hard drive usb.2.0 right?:confused:

  2. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    It will diffidently be faster then a usb external hdd though I have had some bad luck personally with ssd's if I was you I would just buy a 1tb firewire 800 drive.
  3. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    The point of an SSD drive is increased reliability in mobile laptops. Not for editing photos back at home. But its your money. Spend it on whatever makes you happy.
  4. wal9000 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    It should work fine for your needs, but be careful when selecting one. ExpressCard devices can interface over either USB or PCI Express. If it's using USB, it isn't going to get any better speeds than a USB flash drive, which isn't particularly great.
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Thats pretty small for the cost, considering what you will do with it. I know its fast and all but your clients won't mind spending the .02 extra seconds in their chair while you zip through their images.

    I'd get a g-tech drive (like the g-tech mini FW 800) or any other FW 800 drive. It'll be plenty fast for photo editing, portable, and spacious. Your expresscard ssd will be fast and portable but not very versatile and get filled up pretty quickly.
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    What Aperture likes is RAM. Put in however much fits in your Mac and Aperture will run as fast as it can on that computer.

    To answer your exact question, we do NOT have to guess and say "I think...". All you do is run "Activity Monitor" and watch the disk IO rate. Is it running at the maximum rate the disk can handle? If not then getting a faster disk will not help. If it is maxed out then yes a faster disk will help BUT only during those periods when the disk is as max speed.

    Next take a look at the CPU. Is it maxed out at 100% per core? Same here. With Aperture much of the time it is simply waiting for input and the operator is the speed bottle neck.

    If you just want fast vieing. Turn on preview mode (the yellow frames) and set preview image size to screen size. Aperture is very fast in this mode even on low end hardware.

    The key thing with computer performance estimates is never guess when you can measure.

    With Aperture you really only need to keep a fraction of your library on-line. The program is designed so that you download the images the active library on the internal disk and work on them there. Later you can off load the images you are no longer working to external hard drives or another computer. Apple's license even allows you to install on two computers (1 desktop, i notebook) because this is the way they expect you to use it. You will need a few external drives for "vaults". be sure to have at least two.

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