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    I am hoping I can benefit from those who have more knowledge of these matters than I have.

    I have recently upgraded to a 64bit machine, which came with 3Gb RAM, but it appears that VR processing software, such as PTGui, benefits from lots of RAM so I am contemplating adding another 8Gb and was wondering if this is a wise investment, or a waste of cash.

    I usually create Equirectangulars around the 10000 x 5000 size, or slightly larger, and wonder how much RAM I really should have as I am getting messages that I am pushing the limits with 3Gb.

    Any advice will be gratefully received.

    Best regards, Hugh.
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    3Gb of RAM is definitively too short so 8Gb RAM more will be definitively a plus Are u working on Mac or Windows ? I guess windows If you go with larger panoramas, fast scratch hard-drive may be also a very wise choise

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    And you need enough space on the hard disk for all the temp files. That's why I changed the original harddisk of my MacBookPro into a 7200mp 500GB harddisk. With mac fixit and some tools quite easy. Now I don't have these. not enough space messages any more.

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    Hello Vincèn and Heinz for your advice.

    I now have a much better idea and will go ahead with more RAM .

    Yes Vincèn, I am with Windows - I would prefer a Mac for these types of projects, but I use a lot of packages for other things that are specifically written for Windows so I am stuck with it.

    Heinz, I do have plenty of hard disk space, but note your comments as it soon fills up, but have terabytes of backup to save things to.

    Thanks for the help,
    Hugh.
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    something that really fastens things is to use a dedicated scratch disk or partition (but partition on physical distinct drive of drives where you store your current data and pictures :) Best but expensive way is to use either a RAID0 with traditionnal drives (plates one) or use a SSD :D

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    Thanks Vincèn, I'll look into this and see if the pennies can stretch as it sounds a good idea.

    I am always very conscious of data storage and backup as these devices can go wrong so I have a number of drives and backup religiously.

    I hear from Andrew that you had a very successful time in Portugal with the 3 of you very busy shifting lots of Nodal Nija kit and hope that I will be able to justify visiting a similar event in the future as I find that more I learn about VR there is always a lot more to learn .

    Thanks for your advice, Hugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    Thanks Vincèn, I'll look into this and see if the pennies can stretch as it sounds a good idea.
    sometimes RAID 0 solution with a dedicated RAID card and traditional hard drives might be less expensive than a SSD drive and gives you a lot of extra storage for temporary directory ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    I am always very conscious of data storage and backup as these devices can go wrong so I have a number of drives and backup religiously.
    if your data are sensitive think seriously about off site storage ! as fire, flood or just stole happens, and your data will be gone ! Pretty good solutions exist such as Backblaze and it's definitively not expensive for coverage you get ! I have nearly 5Tb backup in their system and it's automatic, nothing to do :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    I hear from Andrew that you had a very successful time in Portugal with the 3 of you very busy shifting lots of Nodal Nija kit and hope that I will be able to justify visiting a similar event in the future
    right Nodal Ninja products got a lot of success and a lot of people were very interested about poles, hopefully we were out of poles first day of show so no need to pack them back (always difficult to ship ! :D)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    I find that more I learn about VR there is always a lot more to learn .
    and you didn't come at conference because you would have yet discovered new techniques and new stuffs to learn, 3D, pole shooting, ..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincèn View Post
    and you didn't come at conference because you would have yet discovered new techniques and new stuffs to learn, 3D, pole shooting, ..........
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    Thanks Vincèn, Heinz and Andrew,

    I get the point so hope to rectify it and be there next time!

    Best regards, Hugh,
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