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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 09:29 PM - Thread Starter
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Fake-Optane? 1TB NVME, I want to set up a 256GB partition and use that as a buffer to load to a standard drive, or not..

I have a 1TB NVME 970 Pro. I want to set up a partition of 256GB or so, so that it can be used the same way as Windows 10 uses memory ( On startup the most used programs, apps, whatever.. are loaded into memory for speed )... I want the most used programs, files, etc.. to be moved to that partition so they are loaded faster.. I want to be able to load all of my games on a standard hard-drive, then as I load them they be moved to the NVME drive, or the more the files are used, they are moved over... As I stop using something, the files are removed.

I don't care if a copy always remains on the other hard-drive.

Does software like this exist? And, yes.. It would need to be a driver...

I know AMD has some type of software like this, and Intel has Optane which acts as a buffer between the hard-drive.. But is there something so I can use my own drive or do I have to purchase an Optane drive specifically for that ( but with the limited PCI-E lanes it wouldn't work but at SATA speeds )...
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I think what you're looking for would be SSD caching for your HDD. I myself am not sure how to set it up.

How much data do you actually have total? In my opinion, it's far easier to place your OS and all programs on the SSD, and then a HDD can store the bulk of your games, pictures, videos, etc. If you're playing a game consistently at any point in time, it's not much of a hassle to transfer it to the SSD, and remove it when sometime later when you don't play it anymore.

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I remember hearing the name "PrimoCache". This here seems to be their website:


I never tried that tool, so no idea if it works well or not.
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