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Does any application automatically utilize the additional HDD space?

Does/will the applications (like Adobe CS & such) automatically utilize the additional HDs for the entire system to use? Am I asking this correctly?

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Thanks mayer, I'm fine with saving files to a/or other drive. Leaning more to, I guess, if an app needs more memory to operate with, or to complete certain tasks, will it automatically use what and all that's "available" in the system? I once noted that a "flash drive" when left in my PPC G5 during some Photoshop work, had it's light flashing as though it was in operation also. Usually it would only flash while "saving files" to it, or upon connection or in eject mode. I believe the term Adobe uses is "Scratch Disk" ? Sorry, I wish I could be more clear....

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Hi Les,

Photoshop and Illustrator do take advantage of disks installed in your system for extra 'scratch' space. But you do have to enable it for each available disk.

In Photoshop you can specify which disks are used first before the Application uses other disks.

Once you've enabled the disks in Preferences->Performance, Photoshop will then automatically use the space on any active disks.

Disks are slow compared with RAM though, and these programs only use the disks, when they have exhausted their assignment of RAM.

A better upgrade for this situation is more RAM.

Having said that, most people will benefit from FASTER disks (solid state etc) than more RAM. RAM is not always the upgrade that will give the biggest bang for buck, but in this situation it will.

Cheers,

Charlie.

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If you're asking if one drive will fill and go to the next, the answer is NO. You'll have to tell it where things go. To spread data around you can do things like storing all your music on another drive and then just tell iTunes in the advance setting where to look for it. Change preferences in Adobe and other programs to tell it where to automatically Save to. Drag and drop stuff like movies to another hard drive and then erase them from the primary.

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