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5 Reasons to Use a SSD Drive for Adobe Lightroom

Make your photo editing process faster.

Running Adobe Lightroom can be a resource-heavy process, but with minor adjustments like an upgraded internal drive, you can run the go-to photo editing software faster, making your life as a photographer easier. In this guide, we’ll examine why an SSD drive could be a fantastic investment for your photography setup.

Much faster than HDD

Solid-state drives are much quicker than traditional hard disk drives. An SSD could be up to 30 times faster than an old HDD drive sitting in your computer, making them unmatched in performance. This type of enhanced performance allows your computer to work faster, thus making your workflow more efficient and letting you get on with the essential bits, such as fixing your hues and using your lightroom presets.

A speed comparison table below compares some trusted SSD drives to their HDD counterparts.

SSD Drive SSD Speed HDD Drive HDD Speed
SAMSUNG 970 Evo Plus M.2 Internal SSD
  • Read speed: up to 3500 MB/s
  • Write speed: up to 3300 MB/s
Toshiba N300 Internal Hard Drive
  • Write / Read speed: 80-160 MB/s
SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 Internal SSD
  • Read speed: up to 7000 MB/s
  • Write speed: up to 5100 MB/s
Seagate IronWolf 8TB NAS Hard Drive
  • Write / Read speed: 80-160 MB/s
Solidigm SSDPFKKW020X7X1 P44 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD Drive
  • Read speed: 7000 MB/s
  • Write speed: 6500 MB/s
WD Red Pro 8TB NAS
  • Write / Read speed: 80-160 MB/s

They’re becoming cheaper

With so many new SSD drives on the market, they are gradually becoming cheaper. This allows new PC builds, which used to cost thousands of pounds, to be more affordable to newbies and those simply looking to dip their toes into photo and video editing. At the moment, a typical M.2 SSD drive starts from only £29- that’s the price of a McDonald’s family meal!

Portable options available

If you are running a laptop setup or are worried that you may break your computer by installing a new hard drive, you can opt for the external option. While these drives are great, they tend to have slower speeds than internal SSDs due to fewer factors inhibiting their speed. You can pick up an external SSD drive for as low as £25.

Generates less heat & uses less power

Yes, using an SSD hard drive is better for the environment and your pocket. They use less power, which saves you money and produces less heat, ensuring your PC doesn’t overheat and underperform.

Shock resistant

This may not seem a primary factor when choosing a hard drive for your photo editing laptop. A shock-resistant hard drive will be of significant importance in travel editing. Any hit your computer takes can and will impact your hard drive; thus, by choosing SSD, you protect it from nasty file damage that could put your project kaput.

Abbie Wilson
Abbie Wilson
Abbie Wilson is an avid photographer and blogger with expertise in landscape photography, photo editing, and photo manipulation. Abbie holds certificates with the Google Digital Garage and Adobe Suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator.

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