Photoshop: Auto Save and performance

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Every so often PS CS6 gets disruptively sluggish, I assume due to Auto Save, which is set to occur every 10 mins.

I'm wondering where the sweet spot is w/ Auto Save. IOW, is it less disruptive to have it occur less frequently? Or do more frequent saves turn out to be shorter in duration? Put another way, do less frequent auto saves turn out to be larger and, hence, more disruptive in their own way? My files are typically large but not huge: ~1GB.

This isn't a complaint, per se, I understand there are no free lunches and I could simply turn off auto save if I desired, I'm just trying to find the happiest medium.

My other thought is, with auto save on, do I need to do frequent manual saves, as is my norm? Perhaps the performance hit of auto + manual saves is not warranted if a frequent auto save is in place?
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Chris Cox

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The auto save happens in a background thread, and affects performance of your work by maybe 10-15% (same as the background save). It could have more effect if you were hitting the scratch disk pretty hard at the same time a save was happening.
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Thanks Chris.

Well, on my new 2012 macbookpro, auto and background save both affect performance by significantly more than 10-15%. But so be it. However, at least w/ manual saves I get the progress bar to know when things will improve. Is there any sort of progress indicator when an auto save is in progress? If not I'd like to request one, so as not to wonder what else might be at cause.

I'm also still curious as to whether I need to manually save as often when auto save is enabled? If my habit is to, say, manually save every 15 mins, and I have auto save set to save every 15 mins, can I forgo manually saving and let auto do the work for me, simply being sure to manually save at the end? This would at least not duplicate the performance hit unnecessarily. Or is that faulty logic?
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It's still a good idea to manually save - and the background save makes it less painful. If you save manually, that resets the timer on the auto recover save.
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So does each open image have a separate »timer«?
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And what happens if one manually saves during an auto save, which is very possible as there's no visual indication that an auto save is in progress (other than a performance hit)?

Problem is, I always want to save when I experience a performance hit in case I need to reboot.