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I currently have a desktop with a SSD as my primary drive running my OS and Programs, and then a HDD for my documents. This is awesome for doing everything, except accessing my documents :-p since now the HDD is rarely spinning when im doing things like accessing the web, then when I go to save something to the HDD or access a file, Now I have to wait for the HDD to completely spin up, and then find the file Im looking for. So for this, its slower than it used to be.

So Im looking for a way to solve this issue. Will getting a 60GB SSD to use as a cache for my HDD help solve this issue? I have looked around and cant seem to find a setting to make the hard drive always spin, which i feel will be the best way to solve this issue.
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First, have you disabled HDD power saving in Windows? That's the cheapest option...
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I have 4 hard drives that only access maybe once a week each, so I dont want them on all the time. its just the one main drive I want on all the time :-/
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It would depend on if your MOBO supports caching. Also, it would speed up only your most frequently accessed files.
   
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It would depend on if your MOBO supports caching. Also, it would speed up only your most frequently accessed files.

Most frequently accessed files for cached reads, yes. For writes, though, wouldn't it just cache all writes to the HDD (assuming write-back cache/maximized mode is selected)?

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I have 4 hard drives that only access maybe once a week each, so I dont want them on all the time. its just the one main drive I want on all the time :-/

Hmm, how much free space do you have on your SSD and how big are your documents anyway? My documents (txt, doc, pdf, xls, etc) total less than 1GB so I decided to just keep those on the SSD.
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My documents are fairly large, I am In grad school for architecture so most of our projects are between 15 and 30GBs, and thats just the files for school.
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