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Anyone else seen this? Combining SSD with standard HDD

Discussion in 'Storage' started by rickss69, Mar 30, 2010.

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    That's a pretty darn good idea. I wonder how well it works in practice tho.
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    i've read about it/seen one for sale.

    It could work really well, but only if the SSD drive you're using has no stutter bugs/performance issues, otherwise it'll slow down the HDD.
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    Went ahead and ordered one from Tiger...guess I will be the guinee pig on this one. :p

    What would be a reliable app to test before/after results?
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    Interesting, but I don't see it in my future. I'll use the $50 USD for something else.

    Good review here at HardwareCanucks
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    I have four 30GB SuperTalent ssd's here that I only use for PCMark05. I figured what the heck...:)
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    Was waiting for this to appear a long time ago. OS and important games on the SSD, archive on the normal one
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    I'm thinking it only affects the first 30GB on the hdd (in my case) which would be the OS mostly, correct?
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    no it just uses it as a read/write buffer it seems. 'most recently used' 30GB, not 'first 30GB'
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    No, read the review. It's the first Insert size of SSD hereGB.
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    i hadnt seen the link to the review


    edit: uuuhhh, pointless.

    the only way to guarantee your important files stay fast would be to partition it, and that negates the whole point of the device.
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    Seen it, read about it and dropped it.

    Caching your files for fast access on an SSD is great and all, but only doing that once on bootup is ridiculous.
    If it cached on-the-fly, I might have gotten it.
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    Nah, some defraggers will let you specify.

    This product is too much work for me. I think I'd rather just run a JBOD setup, and pick and choose where I install my progs, SSD or regular.

    Great idea, but needs a little more automation.
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    true, i was thinking that myself. but even so, you ahve no control over it outside of that... it'd be easier to just leave it all on the SSD.


    You might as well just run JBOD raid with one SSD, one regular drive - its pretty much the same thing.
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    Xeon 3580 @ 4.3 GHz
    Saaphire 5870 @ default settings
    Evga Classified mb
    Corsair GTX CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 7-8-7-20 1T
    Seagate 80GB HDD
    SuperTalent 30GB SSD
    Win7 64 PRO

    Benchmarks:

    Vantage (CPU)
    PCM05 (HDD and CPU)
    HD Tune
    CineBench (CPU)
    Atto


    Vantage -

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    A nice increase in performance with the ssd enabled.

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    The ssd blistered thru PCM05 compared to the hdd alone.

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    The ssd still shows improvement but notice the sharp drop...I believe this is because of the small size of the ssd. You make the call.

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    Unsure of the CineBench results...

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    The Atto test revealed a gain for the ssd, tho not as great as expected.

    Conclusions:

    I am not sure if I included the correct tests or not. There does seem to be gains with the ssd "piggy backed" to the hdd. Is it worth the effort? I will let other's more knowledgable than myself make that decision. I do like how the ssd wakes up the always sluggish Win7 OS...I think I will be using this on my upcoming micro build. :thumbsup:
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