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I have just purchased a 30G OCZ Vertex ssd, and I am wondering about caching. I was considering an OS/Data split, but most of windows' files are rarely accessed. If I could use a program like readyboost to cache data to the ssd (the usb connection has nothing to do with this, it is a sata drive), I could save space and use it for apps and data. Plus, I would not have to migrate the os. Another concern is that the caching could be write intensive. Any programs you guys know of that could accomplish this.

BTW, if it cannot be done, how would I migrate the os?
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post #2 of 7
Check out eBoostr. I've been using it for a long time on multiple machines. It does SD/USB/SSD/RAM caching.

it's marketed for WinXP off the get go but Windows 7 is fully supported.
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That looks interesting, but it seems about the same as readyboost plus it is not free. Perhaps readyboost itself could be used. Does anyone have experience with this? Or even better, a program made for ssds to eliminate write/erase. Anyway, plus one for the rapid, relevant response.
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You'd benefit a lot more with more RAM versus using a SSD simply for 'caching'.
You'd also benefit a lot more by putting your OS onto the SSD, instead.
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The idea is to let the caching program take the 20% of the os that is actually used and put it on the ssd to conserve space. You really think for ram would be good for me? My usage is rarely above 1.5 gigs, and my super fetch stays below 2.
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post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by ben822 View Post
The idea is to let the caching program take the 20% of the os that is actually used and put it on the ssd to conserve space.
There's overhead there.... and you generally don't want a 3rd party application managing your OS....
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post #7 of 7
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Good point. I kind of feel dumb for not buying your ssd earlier, it was a great deal. Any good tools to move the os?
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