Ctein of The Online Photographer describes how to use an external hard drive as a scratch drive to speed up the performance of Photoshop.
In his post, Ctein reports on the performance of two drives: the 750GB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro and the OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire 800/400 + USB case with a Hitachi 200 GB hard disk drive.
He writes, â€œBoth drives are good ways to goose up Photoshop. If you are a traveling photographer, the On-The-Go drive will perform at least as well as your internal drive and probably substantially better. If you’re working from a desk, the Mercury Elite drive will give Photoshop a real kick in the pants.â€
Go for the eSATA interface though, or at least the FireWire 800 interface for an appreciable speed bump. USB 2.0? Forget about it! Itâ€™s like an ant swimming in sugar syrup, taking its sweet sweet time.
[Via: The Online Photographer]