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I searched the forum on this but can't find a definitive answer. Some seem to say PS wont recognise an external drive for the Scratch disk. What about a Firewire Drive? It would be plugged in to a Notebook Win XP. PS 7. Thanks...

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    Default Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    I searched the forum on this but can't find a definitive answer. Some seem to say PS wont recognise an external drive for the Scratch disk. What about a Firewire Drive? It would be plugged in to a Notebook Win XP. PS 7.

    Thanks
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    Martin_Coleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    It depends on the drive, and thus it depends on how the OS handles the drive. If PS recognizes the drive, either USB or FireWire, you CAN use it, but I would recommend against it.

    Since PS relies so heavily on the scratch volume, you want it as fast as possible and that's going to be local, internal. The minute you start running into an I/O backlog, I'm betting PS will croak. That's an opinion, not a fact.
    YrbkMgr@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    Itīs risky. My firewire drive sometimes disconnect for no reason.
    Mathias_Vejerslev@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    I have had no problems. I was heavily advised against it in this forum, even told that PS doesn't recognize those drives. It's actually a function of the OS. If it does not recognize the drive as removable, then PS won't either.

    Sure it's risky, but hey, HD's fail in the middle of a job too!

    One nice perk:

    Turn off the drive when on the Web. No one can touch it then. Put all your final images there also.
    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    Thanks for your help there though, still undecided. 2 to 1 against. I might just get the HD anyway, cos my teeny tiny 30 GB are almost choked!

    Martin
    Martin_Coleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    Martin,

    Don't let the commentary stop you from buying a firewire/usb external drive. They're great. I port a boatload of stuff using them. My commentary was aimed at the specific intended use - as a scratch disk. I'll be buying more this year, but you just don't want (IMO) to use it as a scratch disk for Photoshop, although apparently Lawrence hasn't had an issue doing so.

    I love them personally.
    YrbkMgr@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    Echo Tonys statement. I have a 200 gig Firewire drive. I call it 'Hangar', and it serves a purpose. Just not a scratchdisk one.
    Mathias_Vejerslev@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Firewire Drive for Laptop: OK for scratch disk?

    If I had a second internal HD, it would be my scratch disk. It was far easier to buy a firewire and simply plug it in.
    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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