SSD caching AND boot drive using partition?

Title says it all. I was wondering if I could use a 120GB 840 as a boot drive as well as a cache for my 1TB Barricuda by partitioning it something like 30GB (cache) and 90GB (boot + any important programs and games.)

As well, I was wondering how much should be used for cache. I know hybrid drives only have, I believe 4GB or 8GB of SSD cache. So is that that all I'd need? Or does more cache mean faster speed?

Thanks a ton,
Me

(Additional info: Mobo: Asus Sabbertooth 990FX R2.0)
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  1. Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?
  2. Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?


    I believe it has to do with either the specific SATA ports you use, as well, there are caching programs such as fancy cache.
    Edit: I'm pretty sure the SATA port thing is wrong actually. I know SSD caching is an Intel thing. But still, a 3rd party program.
  3. Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?


    I believe it has to do with either the specific SATA ports you use, as well, there are caching programs such as fancy cache.
    Edit: I'm pretty sure the SATA port thing is wrong actually. I know SSD caching is an Intel thing. But still, a 3rd party program.


    Yes, additional software is required its not limited to Intel though.

    If the application is for gaming then you shouldn't worry about it; period.

    I've answered a similar question here.

    The hard drive has very little to do with any active applications or games. The initial load times and any new data or data required to be saved to the HDD will benefit from this speed.

    Microsoft office access is an example of data being constantly changed and written to a file which will benefit greatly to a cached drive.
  4. Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?


    I believe it has to do with either the specific SATA ports you use, as well, there are caching programs such as fancy cache.
    Edit: I'm pretty sure the SATA port thing is wrong actually. I know SSD caching is an Intel thing. But still, a 3rd party program.


    Yes, additional software is required its not limited to Intel though.

    If the application is for gaming then you shouldn't worry about it; period.

    I've answered a similar question here.

    The hard drive has very little to do with any active applications or games. The initial load times and any new data or data required to be saved to the HDD will benefit from this speed.

    Microsoft office access is an example of data being constantly changed and written to a file which will benefit greatly to a cached drive.


    So SSD caching wouldn't really benefit much is what you're kind of saying? Other than load times, which honestly is the only reason I wanted to have an SSD cache at.
  5. Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?


    I believe it has to do with either the specific SATA ports you use, as well, there are caching programs such as fancy cache.
    Edit: I'm pretty sure the SATA port thing is wrong actually. I know SSD caching is an Intel thing. But still, a 3rd party program.


    Yes, additional software is required its not limited to Intel though.

    If the application is for gaming then you shouldn't worry about it; period.

    I've answered a similar question here.

    The hard drive has very little to do with any active applications or games. The initial load times and any new data or data required to be saved to the HDD will benefit from this speed.

    Microsoft office access is an example of data being constantly changed and written to a file which will benefit greatly to a cached drive.


    So SSD caching wouldn't really benefit much is what you're kind of saying? Other than load times, which honestly is the only reason I wanted to have an SSD cache at.

    You have to ask yourself what your application of the computer will be.
    Constant ins and outs with data on the hard drive will benefit greatly in a SSD cached HDD.
    Gaming/watching movies etc. large data managment benefit less.

    They both benefit but the hassles involved are annoying and may not be worth it.
    Some software does it better than others and other software is confusing.

    Go from here.
    and see also.
  6. Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Password-A said:
    Trent Quan-Sing said:
    Can I ask you a quick question first?

    Do you know how to cache an SSD to another drive?


    I believe it has to do with either the specific SATA ports you use, as well, there are caching programs such as fancy cache.
    Edit: I'm pretty sure the SATA port thing is wrong actually. I know SSD caching is an Intel thing. But still, a 3rd party program.


    Yes, additional software is required its not limited to Intel though.

    If the application is for gaming then you shouldn't worry about it; period.

    I've answered a similar question here.

    The hard drive has very little to do with any active applications or games. The initial load times and any new data or data required to be saved to the HDD will benefit from this speed.

    Microsoft office access is an example of data being constantly changed and written to a file which will benefit greatly to a cached drive.


    So SSD caching wouldn't really benefit much is what you're kind of saying? Other than load times, which honestly is the only reason I wanted to have an SSD cache at.

    You have to ask yourself what your application of the computer will be.
    Constant ins and outs with data on the hard drive will benefit greatly in a SSD cached HDD.
    Gaming/watching movies etc. large data managment benefit less.

    They both benefit but the hassles involved are annoying and may not be worth it.
    Some software does it better than others and other software is confusing.

    Go from here.
    and see also.


    Since I cannot use the Intel program on my AMD platform I would have to use ReadyBoost by Microsoft if I were to still pursue this (I'm am leaning toward just an SSD boot drive as well as some games and an HDD for everything else.)
  7. Yes that´s a reality. Use VeloSSD.
    You cab have your boot system on the ssd and
    use some pare space on the SSD to cache
    another volume on a hard disk.
    The needed space really depends on your usage.
    As i know the smllest space is 8GB with VeloSSD.
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