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I've been looking into a few different hybrid storage solutions that use a HDD as a main drive and an SSD as a cache drive. They all claim that you can get 80% SSD performance at a fraction of the cost this way. I'm planning on getting a 128GB SSD soon and I was originally going to use it as a boot drive as well as install a few frequently used applications/games there, keeping all of my media and files on my HDD, but after seeing this, I'm wondering if it would be a better choice in the long run to use such a hybrid solution?

Does anyone have any experience with this? Is 128GB of space even feasible with what I originally wanted to do? The caching solutions I've been looking at are Dataplex, ExpressCache, and Intel's Smart Response Technology.

EDIT: Just found this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1125462/ssd-hdd-marvell-hyperduo-or-ssd-hdd-separate-os-apps-on-ssd-the-rest-on-hdd

I guess I'm asking more for opinion from those who have used these types of setups.
Edited by xV1ral - 3/27/12 at 10:41am
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I have had experience with it. I ditched it and went to a single SSD as OS drive and HDD as my data drive. Much better overall imo.

Same goes for this member: http://www.overclock.net/t/1228286/intel-srt-question#post_16765141
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Thanks for the straightforward answer. SSD as OS drive it is. thumb.gif
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