Adobe Lightroom Speed Test with SSD VS HDD

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With my new SSD installed it was time to run some speed test.  Since I bought the SSD to speed up my photo workflow, I decided to use Lightroom for my speed test.

I was importing 100 photos (1.44GB) off a SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash 45MB/s via a SanDisk FW800 flash card reader. All photos were copied to my internal drive via the Lightroom import interface and then added to my library. As part of the import process they were renamed, applied a developing setting metadata a few keywords, and standard sized previews were rendered.

Lightroom Import

The Results

HDD

4min 50 seconded to import and 1min 10 seconds to render previews.  Total Time: 6min

SSD

1min 25 seconds to import and 1min 25 seconds to render previews.  Total Time: 2min 50seconds

SSD in Lightroom 3 (I have been waiting to upgrade.  I used the demo for this test)

1min 20 seconds to import and 1min 22 seconds to render previews.  Total Time: 2min and 43 seconds.

HDD + External Backup (old 5400rpm WD Passport Drive attached via USB 2.0)

6min 25 seconds to import and 2min 20 seconds to render previews.  Total Time: 8min 45 seconds

SSD + External Backup (old 5400rpm WD Passport Drive attached via USB 2.0)

2min 30 seconds to import/backup and 1min 15 seconds to render previews.  Total Time: 3min and 45 seconds.

SSD + External Backup (7200rpm 500GB Drive attached via USB 2.0)

2min 27 seconds to import/backup and 1min to render previews.  Total Time: 3min and 27 seconds.

HDD vs SSD Lightroom Speed Test

Conclusion

  • The SSD was 100% faster then the HDD during the import stage of each test.
  • There was no speed increase during the rendering stage but I believe that is because the CPU handles this process.
  • Using Lightroom 3 showed no significant speed increase during the test.
  • USB 2.0 kills any speed increase the 7200rpm drive has over the much slower 5400rpm WD Passport drive.

7 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom Speed Test with SSD VS HDD

  1. Hi,

    This is one of the few posts I found were someone had excellent results with LR and SSD drive. Is the cache folder installed on the SSD too? What about wearing the lifespan of the drive? Did you found any recent topics about LR and the wear level?

    Thanks in advance!

    Andre

  2. I’m glad you found the post useful.

    Yes the Cache Folder is installed on the SSD.
    No idea on the lifespan of the drive.
    No idea about other topics regarding wear level.

  3. Hi Ben,

    How did you measure the time exactly? Trying to measure my own speeds on my comp..

    Thanks!
    Natalie

  4. Just an update for everyone. It’s been two and a half years. The drive is still running strong. I moved it into my new MBP about a year ago and there have been no problems.

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