It’s nearly 10 years since I originally published my essay on whether the use of SSDs would improve Lightroom performance. When I last updated the essay my findings were that whilst much faster SSDs and connection interfaces were available they still had little impact on Lightroom performance. Has anything changed since? An updated version of the essay is now available.
It seems like never a week goes by without me receiving a query as to whether a Solid State Drive (SSD) will improve Lightroom’s overall performance. Similar questions regularly arise on Adobe’s Lightroom User to User forum. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. This essay will identify some of the aspects impacting on performance along with some methods by which their effects can be mitigated or removed altogether. Finally, I will compare Lightroom’s general performance between a conventional disk drive and an SSD.