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SSD + HDD vs HDD Raid 0 vs HDD + SSD cache

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October 8, 2013 8:00:24 PM

Hello all,
For quite a while now I have been using a 64gb SSD + 2 TB HDD setup. Everything is fine, the computer loads everything really quick, etc. Wonderful.
My problem is, and this bugs me more every day, when I have to install something I have to do it on my HDD, and sometimes things get quite complicated to configure (like if you install Java on the SSD and try to configure Eclipse on the HDD or stuff like that). It's messy. Having two hard disks is bad, and I'm not sure I can keep up with it.

So I have 2 questions.
A) Can I configure my SSD to be a HDD cache? (Using Windows, I've seen it done on Linux).
If not, then B) How much am I losing by swiching to a HDD Raid 0 setup?

I mean, is the comfort of installing everything in a single place and having all your files organized, and no having to configure Documents/Downloads/etc to go to other drives good enough to overcome the performance loss? (Wow, I do realize that's a big phrase with almost no commas in it, but there it is anyway.)

Any thoughts on this?
I really can't afford a bigger SSD (they're very expensive where I live) and constantly living with such a small one is disappointing.

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October 10, 2013 11:59:30 PM

if you have an intel board you can probably setup the drive as cache with RST.
Amd has no matching offering but I've heard of people using Fancycache and several vendors are using Dataplex but I don't know if they have a general release of their software. Perhaps you can contact them. http://www.nvelo.com/support/dataplex/download
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October 11, 2013 8:55:00 AM

popatim said:
if you have an intel board you can probably setup the drive as cache with RST.
Amd has no matching offering but I've heard of people using Fancycache and several vendors are using Dataplex but I don't know if they have a general release of their software. Perhaps you can contact them. http://www.nvelo.com/support/dataplex/download


Hi, thanks for replying. My motherboard is an ASUS P8Z77-M PRO. Do you know if it is compatible? Also, how can I learn more about RST?
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