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Light.dat file in the working folder is 128GB is this normal?

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Tonight I processed 400 Canon 5d MKIV RAW light frames of M31 in APP with ~ 84 darks, 33 bias, and 33 flat frames. While processing I watched the "Available HDD" drop from 294GB to ~164GB.

In the APP folder there was a .dat file that was a HUGE 128GB.

Just wanted to ask if this is normal?

As soon as processing finished the file disappeared and available HDD went back up to 294GB

I have 32GB ram, 16GB allocated to APP but my RAM usage went from 27% to 87% during processing which I thought was odd.

Is there a tool or calculation I can use to make sure I have enough free HDD space for processing if using lots of frames, per the above?

Many thanks,




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Usually APP tells you if you have enough space left for processing, but it does use quite a bit for processing especially with higher resolutions etc. You can divide the data up in smaller chunks if you want to limit the resources more, like doing 4x100 frames at a time and combining those 4 later.