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Anyone using ExpressCache? (ideally on a Thinkpad, but any hands-on experience is valuable)

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I discovered that IN THEORY some decent results COULD be achieved at a (much?) lower cost than buying a (pretty large) 7mm SSD disk (512 GB in my case) by using the existing (512 GB) HDD and adding in the (currently free in my T420s) mSata slot a 32-64 GB SSD disk and then installing ExpressCache (there seems to be a Lenovo-specific version available).

There is also this video on the subject:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZFU4cDx_5A

but I am more interested in real-life experience smile.gif

Anyone using that program?
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Anyone using that program?

Really - absolutely nobody?
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I have used ExpressCache on a Samsung Series 5, which is equipped with a 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD and a slow(ish) 24 GB integrated SSD (SanDisk i100). That modest SSD makes a signficant difference: the boot time and application opening performance feels very much like a single, large SSD.

I would expect an even better experience from a performance-oriented mSATA SSD like the Crucial m4, which delivers sequential read performance of 500MB/s and a 4KB random read of 45,000 IOPS. ExpressCache is a good compromise for laptop users who have just one 2.5" drive bay and need significant disk space but don't want to pay a ton for a large SSD.
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I have used ExpressCache on a Samsung Series 5, which is equipped with a 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD and a slow(ish) 24 GB integrated SSD (SanDisk i100). That modest SSD makes a signficant difference: the boot time and application opening performance feels very much like a single, large SSD.
I would expect an even better experience from a performance-oriented mSATA SSD like the Crucial m4, which delivers sequential read performance of 500MB/s and a 4KB random read of 45,000 IOPS. ExpressCache is a good compromise for laptop users who have just one 2.5" drive bay and need significant disk space but don't want to pay a ton for a large SSD.

Thank you very much for the feedback! I am now curious if the ExpressCache that I found on Lenovo site will work with Crucial - in a few weeks I hope I will have the answer and I will post it here smile.gif (it seems to install OK on my T420s but - obviously smile.gif - it does not find a SSD yet, so I uninstalled and will install again after installing the mSata drive).
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