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primocache lets you assign an SSD as a cache for other drives (SATA or NVME to speed up mech) as well as RAM to speed up all of that (or just RAM alone)Having found this thread when it got linked from a newer thread.
I feel the best use of this program is making it run like the ZFS L2 cache setup.
So basically use a NAND drive to accelerate a Spindle, and in addition if you have a UPS (ideally with auto hibernate/shutdown setup on low battery in case unattended) then also enable write-defer for NAND drives.
So basically a configurable software version of the SSHD concept.
Personally, i've been using it to reduce writes on SSD's - especially useful when i had to torrent to my laptop with a WD green and watched the write endurance tank
Heres an example: In the 30 minutes my PC has been on, the cache hasnt been super helpful on the reads. Just under a 20% hitrate.
What it has done, is buffered the writes and prevented some duplicate writes, so that 15% less writing overall has been done.
Is that a lot of writes? No... but random small writes are the ones that burn out SSD's, so they're the ones killing off QLC and budget drives before their time should be up. 15% longer life span is a huge win, and QLC drives or those using psuedo-SLC caches might multiply the benefits of those reductions.
They have a full length article on this - essentially by using TRIM, if a deleted file was about to be written again (such as repeat stuff from a browser cache) it just un-deletes it, saving those writes entirely.
Example: Reduce Wear on Solid-State Drives by Defer-Write (romexsoftware.com)