I purchased a MacBook Pro Ivy Bridge, (mid 2012) with 16 GB RAM and will be setting it up for photo editing to use on a four month cross-county photographic project. I will be shooting around 16 Gb of images daily, editing selected images every couple days, and storing master files and edited files as they accumulate on HDs. I am looking for advice on using SSD drives and HDs to speed up transferring, editing, and archiving of files.
I have been looking at OWC 6G Pro Extreme, Intel 520, or Crucial M4 drives around 240 Gb. I was planning on using an SSD drive for the OSX and applications. A second internal SSD drive in the optical bay as a scratch disk and for transferring daily image files for review and editing before transferring to the Cal Digit for archiving. I was thinking of standard 3.5 eSata drives in the Cal Digit.
Will this set up give me the fastest transfer rates into the computer from CF cards for editing and for transferring to external drives for archiving? Is the second SSD drive going to offer any speed advantages in editing files with Photoshop? Will a SSD drive I am constantly writing large files to cause reliability problems? Is there a specific brand of SSD drives that would work best for sequential large file transfers of photo files? Currently I am thinking I would pay the price premium for the OWC 6G Pro drives because of their good tech support and fast turn around if a drive fails.
Thanks for any advice,