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Paul Roper
SSD vs. "traditional" HD
on Mar 15, 2013 at 12:06:30 pm


I have a couple of 'normal' hard disks in my Mac plus* a 500GB SSD. Currently, I have the OS and applications installed on a normal drive, and I use the SSD as cache for After Effects (it's set to use 300GB) and FCP.

Am I right in assuming this would provide me with the fastest AE speeds? I'm going to be doing some system re-jigging soon and just wanted to check whether installing the OS and apps on the SSD would speed things up (I assume not). I'm not really that fussed about waiting an extra 10 seconds for an app to start up off a normal drive vs. an SSD.

Any thoughts?

- Paul

*That kinda reads like "Mac Plus"'s actually a Mac Pro, not one of these!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: SSD vs. "traditional" HD
on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:09:50 pm

You're not concerned about waiting for an application to launch, so I view it as a waste of good, fast SSD space by putting application files on it.

Dave LaRonde
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Todd Kopriva
Re: SSD vs. "traditional" HD
on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:30:01 pm

If your applications and OS are on the SSD, they will load faster, and this can be worthwhile if you're opening applications a lot (e.g., bouncing between Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, and After Effects). It's a matter of opinion and preference whether this small but real increase in speed is worth it.

What is not a matter of opinion is that you should absolutely use the SSD for caches.

Using the same disk for both applications and caches isn't a problem, since you are very seldom reading from the cache while also loading an application.

Don't waste your single SSD on footage storage. However, if you buy a second SSD, you might find considerable value in keeping a local copy of your footage for your current project on it.

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
After Effects quality engineering
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