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Can I use a 250 gb SSD with a 3tb HDD, use 60-120 gb to cashe it and use 120 as a regular ssd or I really need 2 ssd to do that?
post #2 of 8
SSD caching is used to speed boot when an OS is installed on an HDD (if your mobo supports it). If I were you I'd just install your OS on the SSD and call it a day.
post #3 of 8
yeah i would just run the SSD as your c:/ drive (system drive) and the 3TB as storage
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can't I do both, that's the question
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Originally Posted by kingduqc View Post

can't I do both, that's the question

after looking at Sean's guide, i dont think you can looking at post number 4
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227655/how-to-set-up-intel-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching
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You can, I am- but it's not easy to setup and it wont be easy to undo should you change your mind.

I have a 180gb SSD with 64gb reserved for caching and the remaining is my boot (C:) partition.

Intel's software wasn't designed to support this option, so you basically have to trick it. It will involve installing Windows twice. Once on a hard drive and then setting up the partition on the SSD (64gb max). Then Install Windows to the SSD (you will need to provide ICH storage drivers on USB stick during setup so it can see both the unused space and reserved space).

Here's the thread I followed for my setup:
http://forums.anandtech.com/archive/index.php/t-2172381.html

Be save and backup first smile.gif
Edited by BinaryDemon - 5/14/13 at 1:07pm
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You can, I am- but it's not easy to setup and it wont be easy to undo should you change your mind.

I have a 180gb SSD with 64gb reserved for caching and the remaining is my boot (C:) partition.

Intel's software wasn't designed to support this option, so you basically have to trick it. It will involve installing Windows twice. Once on a hard drive and then setting up the partition on the SSD (64gb max). Then Install Windows to the SSD (you will need to provide ICH storage drivers on USB stick during setup so it can see both the unused space and reserved space).

Here's the thread I followed for my setup:
http://forums.anandtech.com/archive/index.php/t-2172381.html

Be save and backup first smile.gif

Is it worth my time in your opinion?
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Depends on how valuable your time is smile.gif I'm happy with the performance.

Honestly I think it took me 4 installs to get it right, had to do a little trial and error. I think only certain versions of the ICH storage drivers detected both partitions correctly. I should mention this was Windows 7. I would *think* it would work on Windows 8 but who knows. If you don't have alot of time to tinker, then just get a 2nd smaller SSD for caching.
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