I use Outlook 2016 and Lightroom Classic CC for my email and image editing (duh :-)), and I’ve noticed that my main computer has become fairly slow at both.
Times for opening email are not bad … perhaps 6s, but times to do any significant searching etc are horrendous. This no doubt accrues from the presence of email going back to about 1997 🙂
Lightroom is not much better. Things bog down pretty badly and opening and backing up the catalog is not quick. I’ve had cases recently where the whole catalog had to be recreated owing to some sort of corruption. I’ve had that with email too. It can be frustrating.
So I decided to move the Lightroom Catalog and the email files (main and archive) to a new SSD, which I dubbed “FastData” to distinguish it from “Data”, my older 2GB drive, which I kept for all the sundry things that are not used often. It makes perfectly good storage for that purpose. I back both up to my 6TB external NAS grade USB drive, a Seagate Ironwolf Pro as mentioned in an earlier post.
I chose the Crucial MX500, an excellent 3D Nand SSD that competes quite well with the outright leader in consumer grade SSDs, Samsung. In an earlier post I showed how fast my Samsung boot SSD is, and this new drive is actually faster by about 30MB/s on most operations. This is not quite as dramatic as it might seem because the doubling of size from 250 to 500 makes a difference in performance because of the presence of a second bank of flash memory, which I think can be used to optimize access somewhat. Also, the new drive is empty, which helps a bit, even with SSDs.
This is the drive’s performance to compare with my previous article on the new chip running this computer:
That’s quick. Again, this is an old computer, so no newfangled NVMe drives for me :-), which means this is as good as it gets.
The difference in the applications is well worth the small expense (SSDs are officially cheap now, with several 250GB drives under 50 bucks cad). Email opens in under 2s and everything is fast in the interface. Lightroom appears in 1 or 2 seconds, but still takes almost 10s to be ready. The catalog is breathtakingly large as it holds over 140 thousand images. But things happen *really* fast once you are in. Previews take no time for example, which I really like. I deleted the entire previews folder (about 10GB and 50k+ files), and you would never know it.
Copying the data and switching the apps was simple, and I recommend anyone considering doing this watch a few YouTube videos on the subject. I am very pleased and should have done this years ago.