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SanDisk Intros 32GB ReadyCache Upgrade for Windows 7

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Here's a quick and cheap way to turbo charged your tired old desktop.

On Tuesday SanDisk announced an easy-to-install SSD caching solution called SanDisk ReadyCache. Utilizing the ExpressCache software developed by Condusiv Technologies, the 2.5-inch SSD adds 32 GB of NAND flash storage to turbo-charge a desktop computer’s boot, shutdown and application launch times.

According to SanDisk, the drive comes with an installation kit that includes a SATA 6 Gb/s cable, and a 3.5-inch mounting bracket and screws – customers simply download and install the software. Once everything is in place, the drive's advanced caching algorithms automatically manages data by caching frequently used files to improve overall performance. All data that resides in the cache also resides on the primary storage, which helps prevent data loss if the caching solution is later uninstalled.

That said, the SSD will work alongside the user's currently-installed hard drives no matter their capacity size. Even more, consumers don’t need to replace their existing primary hard drive, clone their operating system, perform lengthy installs or migrate data. The low cost and fast installation means customers can quickly reap the benefits of a fast computer without having to purchase an entirely new rig.

"The SanDisk ReadyCache is an easy, affordable way to turbocharge a desktop computer," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SSD caching solution lets consumers enjoy the performance benefits of frequently used data coming from an SSD while retaining the storage capacity of their hard drive. It is an ideal combination of the benefits of an SSD and hard drive."

Currently the SanDisk ReadyCache SSD is only available at Amazon and Newegg, costing $59.99 USD, and is only compatible with Windows 7 desktops.

 

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    adgjlsfhk , September 6, 2012 11:05 AM
    For $60 I would rather just get a 60 gb agility III. Does the same thing, while giving me 30 gb extra space.
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    adgjlsfhk , September 6, 2012 11:05 AM
    For $60 I would rather just get a 60 gb agility III. Does the same thing, while giving me 30 gb extra space.
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    ozvip3r , September 6, 2012 11:58 AM
    C'mon Toms, stop adding to the confusion by calling it a 6gb sata cable. Aren't you meant to inform your readers, not support the lie that is 6gb sata cables. A sata cable is a sata cable, what decides if a sataII or sataIII device runs at those respective speeds is whether it is plugged into a sata 3 or 6gb motherboard connector. Stop supporting the lies and confusing people.
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    teh_chem , September 6, 2012 1:32 PM
    This probably would have been much more relevant before SSDs became so prolific and dropped in price.
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    deadlockedworld , September 6, 2012 1:35 PM
    So its exactly like the Crucial Adrenaline only smaller? I wish Tom's did a little more analysis in these articles instead of just posting the statement from SanDisk.

    What it should say: "This product will compete with _____, _____, and _____. See our review of other products like this here. We occasionally update these reviews with new products like this"
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    michaelssw , September 6, 2012 4:12 PM
    In my experience, even with 9+ year old computers, the only thing that made them slow was lack of RAM and people installing everything and anything that shows up in a pop up window.

    When I do ctl alt del:

    My friends computer: 130+ processes
    My Computer: 24 processes
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    LongLiveRock1974 , September 6, 2012 4:12 PM
    Ahhh...released just in time for Win 8.
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    Anonymous , September 6, 2012 4:38 PM
    ReadyCache supports Multiple Hard Drives: Unlike most SSD caching solutions, the SanDisk ReadyCache solution can pull data from multiple hard drives, enabling a consistent performance improvement when utilizing more than one hard drive!
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    hate machine , September 6, 2012 5:10 PM
    ozvip3rC'mon Toms, stop adding to the confusion by calling it a 6gb sata cable. Aren't you meant to inform your readers, not support the lie that is 6gb sata cables. A sata cable is a sata cable, what decides if a sataII or sataIII device runs at those respective speeds is whether it is plugged into a sata 3 or 6gb motherboard connector. Stop supporting the lies and confusing people.


    This article is from Kevin Parrish, what did you expect?

    As for this device, Cool... I guess.

    The software makes it nifty but why would you pay so much for such little storage when installing an OS plus games on a SSD isn't really a hassle.
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    Shike , September 6, 2012 5:31 PM
    "The software makes it nifty but why would you pay so much for such little storage when installing an OS plus games on a SSD isn't really a hassle."

    When you have 300GB worth the games, yes, yes it is a hassle. Not having to waste time and let caching software handle the crappy management aspect is A-OK to me.
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    dalethepcman , September 6, 2012 6:58 PM
    ozvip3rC'mon Toms, stop adding to the confusion by calling it a 6gb sata cable. Aren't you meant to inform your readers, not support the lie that is 6gb sata cables. A sata cable is a sata cable, what decides if a sataII or sataIII device runs at those respective speeds is whether it is plugged into a sata 3 or 6gb motherboard connector. Stop supporting the lies and confusing people.

    Ok I will feed the Troll, because I like to correct them. You are incorrectly representing information. Before calling the Tom's writers out, you should probably know what your talking about first..

    Quote:
    SATA Revision 3.0 is backward compatible so that the same
    connectors and cabling used for SATA 3 Gb/s under SATA Revision 2.6 can be used for
    SATA 6Gb/s.

    See where it states revision 2.6? No mention of backwards compatibility to SATA, or even early SATA 2. There is much more info refuting your claims at the source links if you care to learn something.

    http://sata-io.org/developers/technical_library.asp
    http://sata-io.org/documents/SATA-6Gbs-Fast-Just-Got-Faster.pdf

    If your drive and controller both say 6GB, the cable won't stop them. But when you actually go to sustain high data rates, the drive/board will have too many collisions for data correction, and usually lock the controller and BSOD your system.

    Back on topic, this is too expensive to succeed. Sandisk should have tried to partner with a motherboard vendor, and ship with compatible motherboards to cut down distribution costs and offered this at closer to $30.
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    WyomingKnott , September 6, 2012 8:45 PM
    I'll bet a quarter that it's not as fast as using Intel SRT in the silicon.
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    Shin-san , September 6, 2012 10:24 PM
    Nice idea, but I rather not install it if it's one of those caches with the nasty DRM crap that some SSD caching systems have
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    assasin32 , September 7, 2012 12:11 AM
    michaelsswIn my experience, even with 9+ year old computers, the only thing that made them slow was lack of RAM and people installing everything and anything that shows up in a pop up window.When I do ctl alt del:My friends computer: 130+ processesMy Computer: 24 processes


    Yup just made an old 10year old computer usable in about 5minutes a couple weeks ago. Went into MSConfig and started unselecting just about everything to make only the bare minmium startup (antivirus/firewall and a few others) when the computer boots up. Went from a "were going to buy a new computer soon this is too slow and we only use it to print stuff now" to what I can consider usable and I have high standards. Didn't even bother defraging it or anything, I was on my way out the door when they asked if I could look at it.
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    Tinytacohead , September 7, 2012 11:32 PM
    While I've not had a chance to test this yet, I REALLY don't understand why people are confusing it/thinking the purchase of a similarly sized SSD is as simple a solution. Migrating a highly tweaked OS over to a new SSD can be a real pain. (without cloning etc) If this works, you don't have to worry about SSD size, moving/fitting files on it etc, nor do you have to pay the current high price of large SSD's if you wanted to move ALL files to one. Whether it works is remained to be seen for me though, and when I clicked this link I was expecting Tom's to have actually tested/reviewed it, functionally, heh.
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2012 5:33 PM
    There are a couple of positive reviews up on the Amazon site (4 out of 5 stars) which seem to indicate this thing works as advertised. For $50 and a relatively easy install process I went ahead and purchased. It is hardware so if it doesn't work I can send it back but it seems like a good way to breath some life into my 2+ year old Dell XPS.
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    Tinytacohead , September 11, 2012 8:04 PM
    Sweet, thanks for the info Schoon. I JUST ordered a USB hard drive to use for overflow/backup thismorning & kicked myself hard for not pulling the trigger on one of these too.. oh well, hopefully NewEgg's got free shipping on them, in which case I'll just make another order shortly! :D 
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    Tinytacohead , September 11, 2012 8:11 PM
    (sorry for the double post, but I don't see a way to edit previous ones..) Update, The Egg does have free shipping, (slow style that is), and there're two ratings on it currently, both short, but 5 star. I definitely don't have a slouch of a system, but was too cheap to pull the trigger on a real SSD yet & wouldn't mind some faster loads, not to mention possibly boost the abysmal HD score winblows gives for my 64mb cache, sata6 Caviar black - ordering momentarily!!
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    morbious81 , September 18, 2012 10:17 PM
    Got one from the egg for $49.99 w/free shipping. Ordered on Friday. Showed up Tuesday. PDQ for free shipping. It does exactly what it says it does. I have 4TB worth of storage in my system. 3TB of which is used with files I can't replace. Trying to convert all of that to SSD would cost way too much. This Cache solution is a perfect option to speed up my system and it does just that. Install was simple, plug it in, install and activate software, done. I cant say for sure that it gettings the system up to SSD speeds (I don't have an SSD), but it does make a major difference in boot time, and app loading time. The win7 only support is odd, but I'm hoping software updates will come out after 8 hits the market. I never buy a new OS when it first comes out anyway, I'm a Win ME survivor..... Never again. :p 
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    Tinytacohead , September 18, 2012 10:47 PM
    morbious81Got one from the egg for $49.99 w/free shipping...
    Me too, though I was inpatient & added a whole $2.99 on for 3d shipping, lol. (took 2) Was worth it though, as both my aforementioned USB drive and Readycache showed up on same day/before weekend! Having a slight issue with mine, (doesn't want to stay activated after sys reboot, which auto turns caching off). Contacted Sandisk, awaiting reply.
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