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How should I use my SSD?

Last response: in Storage
September 26, 2011 9:16:46 PM


I am going to buy an SSD soon and I have a z68 mobo which features something called ssd caching.

Should I just plug it in the sata port and leave it there or can I do additional stuff (like caching?) to it?

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a c 297 G Storage
September 26, 2011 9:43:03 PM

The answer to your questions is it depends on the size/capacity of the ssd you are going to buy. Are you thinking 32GB, 64GB, 120GB, or something larger? What will you be doing with your computer?

Intel's Smart Response Technology (ssd caching) was originally designed for use with a small 10GB or 20GB solid state drive and a hard disk drive. Microsoft Windows and all software applications are stored on a hard disk drive. The small ssd is used as a cache for the hard drive. The result is a small increase in hard drive performance. Unfortunately using a small ssd as a cache for the hard drive does not utilize the ssd's full potential. The performance increase is not as good as storing Windows and software applications on a larger capacity ssd.
a c 119 G Storage
September 26, 2011 9:50:15 PM

Your best option would be to get a 120gb SSD and make two partitions , one at 20gb for the caching and the rest for your OS and the your conventional HDD for storage.
September 26, 2011 10:32:01 PM

Swap files and cache are relics from the days of mechanical drives. Use a 64 bit OS and 8G of RAM, Google an SSD optimization article and feel the speed.