SSD + HD(optibay) - PS scratch were?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by snowboarder, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    I'm upgrading my MBP - I want to set it up a clean way.
    I'm getting an optibay and putting the largest 9.5mm drive available
    there - WD Scorpio Blue 750GB. That's gonna be my pictures and my projects
    drive. I'm gonna only install applications and my crucial files on my SSD.
    I'm getting the 200GB Corsair Force, seems like the best model right now.
    I'm gonna wait for the new Creative Suite 5 coming up, so will have
    my essential applications fresh and won't need to update them for a while.
    Will survive with my old drive and CS4 for a month :)

    How should I setup the scratch disk? PS, AE etc write a lot of small files.
    Is SSD much faster for it? With constant swapping, isn't SSD ruined quickly?
    I have 8GB of RAM, but still, work with large files, swapping all the time.
    The new CS5 is 64-bit, is it gonna change the swapping game much?
    Maybe I should use a partition on my HD for scratch, the disk is gonna
    be mostly idle and available for PS as my system will be installed on SSD...
    Thanks for any help!
  2. chopper dave macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2007
    Put the scratch on the SSD! Let the SSD worry about managing the many writes- it will spread them over the whole drive. Besides, why would you spend so much money on an SSD and not use it for what it does best. By the time it wears out (if it ever does) you will be able to get a new one twice the size for half the price.

    For all the talk of SSDs having a write cycle limit, I have yet to hear of anyone actually reaching that limit in a non-server scenario. 100,000 writes * 128GB = 12 PB of writes, yes, that's a petabyte and there is a reason you never hear that word outside of supercomputers.

    This article should be required reading for people still perpetuating the "SSD endurance myth"
  3. snowboarder thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Thanks, you're right, way too much talking rather then enjoying it :)
  4. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000

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