I have a new HP laptop that primarily runs Adobe Creative Suite using Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Premiere and After Effects. It's a quad-core Windows 7 64 bit machine with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB 5400 RPM hard drive. The RAM is maxed out on the machine as is the CPU for all intents and purposes.
Since it has a 2nd hard drive bay, I was pondering the idea of installing another drive to use as the scratch disk and get some performance increases. I'm wondering about an SSD drive in this case and how much benefit I would see by using one of these drives as the scratch disk. But then that got me thinkng whether the SSD drive would be better utilized as the primary drive for the OS and the 500GB drive as the scratch drive? Or is an SSD drive even justified given the price versus just getting a standard 7200 RPM drive.
What's the verdict?