Firewire drive as scratch disc

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Myles Redding
Jul 7, 2003
I have a firewire drive that I use just for rendering and such its fast and it stays empty unless something is being built. Whenever I setup PS 7 to use it as a scratch disc it crashes when the pgm is restarted causing me to delete the setup file to get back into PS. has anyone experienced this? more importantly does anyone have a solution?

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Jul 7, 2003
Is this an external drive plugged in the Firewire port, yes? As far as I’m aware the scratch disk can’t be set to an external/plugged in drive. Can anyone confirm this?
Jul 7, 2003
Helen Polson wrote:

As far as I’m aware the scratch disk can’t be set to an
external/plugged in drive. Can anyone confirm this?

I have a Maxtor 5000XT
< storage_5000xt_data_sheet.pdf> – connected via USB2 and can assign Photoshops scratch disk to that drive without any problems whatsoever (PS 6.01 and 7.01).

Until a few months ago it was connected to a firewire port and that didn’t make any difference. Photoshop could still use it as a scratch disk drive (I’m using WinXP Pro SP1).

Pierre Courtejoie
Jul 7, 2003
Helen, you ar almost right! in fact, it is a matter of drivers and how the HD is seen by Windows: Photoshop won’t accept removable disks as Scratch partition.
Brian Corder
Jul 7, 2003
there are two options for removeable hard drives in XP. One is optimize for performance and the other is for portability. Change your settings so that it is for performance and that may help your issue.

A couple of other suggestions, make sure that the hard drive is the first device or only device on that port of your firewire card. i have a Nikon SlideScanner, DV Cam and a few other devices on the card and occasionally it gets picky as to what order they are in.

Just a couple of thoughts
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Jul 8, 2003
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Jul 8, 2003
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Myles Redding
Jul 8, 2003
Thanks for the help everybody FYI firewire drives in XP Pro only come up as hard drives reguardless the portablility or performance setting. the key is as mentioned by Brian placement in the chain. I have 4 fw drives of course my build drive is the last one on the chain but PS will let me use the 1st one on the chain as the scratch but none other fortunately my video sftwre doesnt care
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Jul 8, 2003
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