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SSD and Lightroom

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Tim Williams, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    In an attempt to make Lightroom more tolerable I'm having my IT department ( son in law ) install a 500 GB SSD drive. Don't know if this will have an affect on the actual program speed or not, but the computer will get me to the slow ass program faster. Geez :doh: Lol.
     
  2. It helps, trust me. I have an SSD in my slow old Macbook. Makes a big difference to everything.
     
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  3. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    Thanks Sue, that gives me hope.
     
  4. I also upgraded the RAM at the same time. It only came with 2GB, so I put 8GB in to replace it.
     
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  5. Lumens

    Lumens Regular

    31
    May 21, 2015
    Lightroom NEEDS an SSD drive. Think about it - you never have to save your work in Lightroom, Why? Because Lightroom save to the hard drive every move you make. So writing to the hard drive 90% of the time. The faster the hard drive the faster the software.

    I have a 12" Macbook Air 1.6 GHz processor, 8 Gig RAM, and 128 Gig SSD drive. I slap a 1T SSD external drive on it and it Lightroom flies. No complaints here, I believe you will love the SSD drive.
     
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  6. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    I second, or third, whatever, that a SSD drive will make a huge difference in LR performance. Adobe made a lot of improvements for speed in the most recent update to LR. So if you haven’t upgraded LR, you may want to.
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the drive will only help if the processor and RAM are up to the challenge, but if you have a decent modern processor and 8 GB of RAM you should be fine
     
  8. mma2

    mma2 Rookie

    10
    Feb 27, 2017
    Roseville, CA
    I also second using a SSD for Lightroom.

    I recently took things a step further, buying a motherboard that has two M.2 SSD slots, as per a recommended PC configuration in PhotographyLife.com. The M.2 SSDs attach directly to the motherboard and look more like thick RAM. The better M.2 SSDs (Samsung EVO Pros) are several times faster than the fastest SATA 6.0 SSDs.

    I loaded Win10 and just Lightroom and a few frequently used apps on the M.2 512 GB SSD, everything else is installed to the 3 TB hard drive ("D" drive). Results are excellent, Windows fully boots from a cold start in 3 seconds, Lightroom is much, much improved. Batch processing imported RAW files takes a fraction of the former time (using a good hard drive).

    Good Luck!
     
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  9. Adam Bonn

    Adam Bonn Top Veteran

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    Jan 13, 2016
    Porto
    Adam Bonn
    I’m a windows user...

    I’ve only ever had LR 6 on a SSD drive, and it’s quite painful to open, so I hate to think what it would be like on a mechanical disk

    I think some apps work better on mac tbh... a buddy of mine built a dual boot hackbook and windows 10 desktop and LR on the Mac OS was far superior to the windows one, yet others (SilkyPix Pro) were better on windows
     
  10. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    I'm running Windows 10 with 6 GB Ram and 1 Terabyte HD . 64 bit processor, AMD A8-5500 APU , Radeon HD Graphics . I'll let you know if it helps. Install this weekend.
     
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