I have a Crucial M4 256Gb SSD
I intend to put Windows 7, my programs and some of my data on the SSD.
The overflow I was going to put on a multi terabyte mechanical drive.
I was hoping to use Intel Smart Response Technology to also cache the most used mechanical disk.
Is this possible?
There are lots of posts about putting OS, programs and data on ssd.
There are some posts about using SSD as a cache however this appears less popular as the gains are less. The cache is apparently limited to one volume (which maybe a raid volume but if the volume is on a single disk the disk must contain only one volume ie not partitioned), the cache must be 20-64GB, the rest of the SSD being usable as a Raid 0 disk. There must be at most 4 disks connected and all on Intel controller. Rather restricted conditions actually when all listed like this.
By using both I was intending to ensure boot up and programs start should be fast (always on SSD) and the overflow data should also be mostly fast or at least have to wait for disk spin up less often. I'm yet to find reports of others doing this which makes me wonder if it is possible. My initial attempts have not be successful. Loading the OS on SSD was uneventful, as was creating a unassigned partition of 64GB to use as a cache. However I'm unable to get the "Accelerate" button to show in Intel Rapid Storage Technology under Windows 7 64bit. Only the "Create" raid volume button is visible in addition to the standard ones.Is this a limitation of the current version of Intel Smart Response Technology or user error? If it's a limitation of the current software are there plans to add this capability as hybrid systems using SSD and larger mechanical drives are surely going to be common for the next few years so combining the capabilities as listed above will be desirable for some time.
Btw I have a Z77 mobo (ASUS P8Z77-M PRO), i5 3570k and 8GB ram running Windows 7 64bit
I am not an expert on the Smart Response Technology, but from quickly reading through the user guide, it seems like the usage of SSD as a cache is intended as a general intermediary between rotating media and the physical memory which doesn't require customized placement.
The idea of caching is that the system will figure out dynamically what needs to be cached without the burden of users allocating OS or applications to specific partitions. The evaluations I saw seem to use a single ssd as a general cache for 1 or more HDD. The caching agent should be smart enough to keep the frequently accessed parts of the OS, application files and data cached.
I would be skeptical that partitioning the SSD would get you much additional performance beyond the recommended usage model.
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Hope this helps anyone else looking at doing the same
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