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I'm my new build I'm using a ssd for my Windows and Programs, and I have a WD Black Hard drive for my documents. I was considering getting an additional SSD to use as a Cache for my HDD, but it seems from what I have been reading that the benefits really only are worth it if the HDD was my main boot drive. How accurate is this? I currently am using a HDD for my documents and with some of my larger documents it really is holding me up. So I'd prefer to get a small SSD for the Cache.

Also how does Caching work if I was to have two partitions on the HDD?
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I'm my new build I'm using a ssd for my Windows and Programs, and I have a WD Black Hard drive for my documents. I was considering getting an additional SSD to use as a Cache for my HDD, but it seems from what I have been reading that the benefits really only are worth it if the HDD was my main boot drive. How accurate is this? I currently am using a HDD for my documents and with some of my larger documents it really is holding me up. So I'd prefer to get a small SSD for the Cache.

Also how does Caching work if I was to have two partitions on the HDD?

I use a SSD as a cache drive for my RAID0 setup.

Anything being written to, or read from, my main hardrive is passed through my SSD first. Let's say I open up a game. it's read from my hard drive and copied onto the SSD. The next time I open that game, it's read straight from the SSD with all the beneficial speed of a SSD.


Also, if I'm transferring a big file to my hard drive, it'll actually write it to my SSD first, then it'll move the file over afterwards. The SSD acts like a big buffer between the user and the mechanical drive.

The SSD will fill up with anything that's used the most, especially OS files. So when you boot your computer, maybe 3/4ths of it will boot from the SSD, making your system much more responsive. I have a 64gb SSD for cache, but you can always go with smaller.

I use Intel's Smart Response. Easy to set up. You literally just pop the SSD in, set it up in the easy to use SRT program, and your system will be noticeably more responsive after a day or two.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/ssd-smart-response-video.html
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how does it determine what is on the SSD? is it just most used files or last used? since the HDD doesnt have the OS what size SSD should i get?
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I use a SSD as a cache drive for my RAID0 setup.

Anything being written to, or read from, my main hardrive is passed through my SSD first. Let's say I open up a game. it's read from my hard drive and copied onto the SSD. The next time I open that game, it's read straight from the SSD with all the beneficial speed of a SSD.


Also, if I'm transferring a big file to my hard drive, it'll actually write it to my SSD first, then it'll move the file over afterwards. The SSD acts like a big buffer between the user and the mechanical drive.

The SSD will fill up with anything that's used the most, especially OS files. So when you boot your computer, maybe 3/4ths of it will boot from the SSD, making your system much more responsive. I have a 64gb SSD for cache, but you can always go with smaller.

I use Intel's Smart Response. Easy to set up. You literally just pop the SSD in, set it up in the easy to use SRT program, and your system will be noticeably more responsive after a day or two.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/ssd-smart-response-video.html

I believe SRT is smarter than that... I think it skips writing certain file patterns to the SDD.
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I wouldsay iit's only worthwhile if you tend to use the same programs over and over, or for gaming, if you tend to be a single-game-focused player (playingone at a ttime, unlike ADD gamers like me who play through 5-6 different games simultaneously).

If the drive is mostly storage and you run apps from the SSD you already have, then no its not at all worth it. I would say you are best off just getting a second standalone SSD for games and/or programs, if you want speed. Personally, I would not use caching unless it is for an already fast RAID array.
   
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I wouldsay iit's only worthwhile if you tend to use the same programs over and over, or for gaming, if you tend to be a single-game-focused player (playingone at a ttime, unlike ADD gamers like me who play through 5-6 different games simultaneously).

If the drive is mostly storage and you run apps from the SSD you already have, then no its not at all worth it. I would say you are best off just getting a second standalone SSD for games and/or programs, if you want speed. Personally, I would not use caching unless it is for an already fast RAID array.

Another option if you use only a few applications at a time.... just create junction points. Move the actual files to the SSD and leave links where they were.

SteamMover can do this for you.
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You might want to try this one http://www.overclock.net/t/1404323/guide-using-1-ssd-as-system-drive-os-and-acceleration-drive-raid-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching
currently im using 1 SSD as my OS drive and also cache drive for my raid volume. I guess it will also work for a single drive. This way you can still use your SSD for your OS and programs, also to accelerate your HDD. biggrin.gif
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