Photoshop: saving layered file takes a long time

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Dear all,
Dear PS users I have the following question. If I ask PS to save a multi layerd file it takes a ridiculous amount of time to do so.
Could anyone tell me what's wrong? In addition to this question: If I instruct PS to show me the parts of a photograph are masked (shift 8) it doesn't execute it at once but almost in rectangular traches.
I would appreciate your recommendations. Henk
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Saving a layered file shouldn't take an extremely long time, unless you have many thousands of layers (and they all have full pixel data).
How large are your documents?
What bit depth?
And how long does it take to save the files?
Are you saving to a network volume or a local disk?

The second problem sounds like it is related to your video card driver.

Which Photoshop version are you using?

Which OS version are you using?
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Dear Chris,

The numbers of layers are 5.
95,25 mb
bit depth is 8
it takes approx 15 minutes
Saving to the memory card in the desk top tower before saving to the hard drive itself.
Photoshop CC 14.2
Windows 8.
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Try saving to the hard drive instead.
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Oh, and with Windows 8, you DEFINITELY need to go the the GPU maker's website (Nvidia, AMD/ATI, or Intel) and update the video card driver.
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Dear Chris,

It does the trick! Dunno why though.

I'm happy.
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Most likely there is an issue with the driver for the memory card, or the memory card is just really slow when doing random file IO. It's hard to know the exact problem without knowing all the hardware, OS, and software versions involved.

But in general, it is much faster to save to the local hard disk, then copy the files to memory cards/flash storage.

Glad you got it worked out!