Make your computer better than new

Summary – As photographers, we rely heavily on our computers. Here’s a tip to speed up your system ten-fold. My four-year old laptop is now faster than the day I got it. πŸ˜‰

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Where Old Signs Go to Die

A possible case where analog film effects work

Converted to B&W in Silver Efex Pro

Created the plate camera look with Analog Efex Pro


There’s the old adage –

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

To that I’d add –

Your computer is only as fast as its slowest component

In most computers that component is

The primary hard disk drive

If you use Windows, check your Windows Experience Index

Adding a solid state drive (SSD) improved my

Disk data transfer rate from 5.2 to 7.8 (scale of 1 to 7.9)

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On a more practical note, tasks that took minutes, e.g.

Booting, load a large data base, file transfers, etc.

Are now easily 10X or more faster

Start-up is now ~20 seconds, not 3+ minutes πŸ™‚

Of particular note is caching of images for post-processing

A large SSD cache isΒ  almost as good

As having the image in RAM memory

My SSD is 1 TB; dwarfs the PC’s 8GB of RAM

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Try it – You’ll like it

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