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I have a 2 year old HP laptop with 60gb drive at 4200. It is quite slow when working with files in Photoshop. But since I use the laptop mainly for copying CF cards of photos onto the laptop for temporary storage, and/or for showing the model some quick results of a shoot, I don't find speed a major issue.
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That's mainly what I'm doing - copying from CF cards, copying from/to external drives, and burning to DVDs. Also the occaisional image check, and also some workflow stuff like re-sizing, renaming, rearranging folders, thumbnails, etc. I'm not even planning on putting PS on that machine (I've used up my two licenses), since I'll use ThumbsPlus for all of the above. The question is, with only 4200rpm, will I be tearing my hair out waiting for these operations? Any idea how long it takes to copy a 1gb CF card, or burn a full CD on a 4200rpm machine?
(BTW, I've been looking at an HP w/ 80gb 5400rpm, and 1gb RAM, with a 1.86 Centrino processor. Seems like overkill for housekeeping I think, but I tend to be impatient).
Andy Pearlman Studio