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SilverStone Device Gives 70% HDD Boost

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

SilverStone's HDDBOOST combines the best of both worlds: HDD and SSD.

Now this looks rather cool: TweakTown points the way to a device designed by SilverStone that merges the traditional, clunky HDD with the flashy, new SDD format. Called HDDBOOST, the device itself is mounted within a 3.5-inch drive bay which in turn houses an SSD. A separate HDD, mounted in its usual seat within the PC, is connected to the device by way of a second SATA port. This allows both drives to communicate together like some kind of hybrid storage setup.

SilverStone said that the HDDBOOST will mirror the front-end data of the HDD to the SDD. This allows the PC to read the more commonly used files from the faster drive. This setup also reduces the overall wear and tear on the SSD by throwing all the new writes onto the older HDD, essentially allowing the SSD to perform like a huge cache for the mechanical drive.

So what's the point of this? Good question. Tossing the HDD aside and using the SDD as the primary boot drive makes more sense: it's faster and somewhat more reliable. But what if consumers want an extra boost without having to disrupt the current system configuration? What if they don't want to re-install the OS and software, or restore the system from an external backup? This option seems less disruptive while providing a significant performance increase.

"Depending on the speed of the SSD added, the HDDBOOST can increase the performance of an existing host hard drive up to 70-percent," the company said. "This speed increase is very noticeable and significant for any PC users that have not experienced using SSD drives before."

SilverStone products are sold at TigerDirect.com, Fty's Electronics, Circuit City, Amazon, and more. Stonebridge Computing has the device listed for $51.98 right here.

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    NapoleonDK , February 4, 2010 4:39 PM

    This an odd piece of tech for sure, I'd love to hear about it in more detail.
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    NapoleonDK , February 4, 2010 4:39 PM

    This an odd piece of tech for sure, I'd love to hear about it in more detail.
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    Computer_Lots , February 4, 2010 4:43 PM
    I don't really see the point. It's the same thing as having a really large cache on a hard drive. You have to pay $50 for this device, plus buy an SSD. You'd be better off just having a separate SSD for boot and a good ole mechanical drive for storage.
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    sliem , February 4, 2010 4:52 PM
    Um no. Either stay with regular or go to SSD.
    Don't waste $50. Now if it was $10 or $20...
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    Honis , February 4, 2010 5:10 PM
    ...Fty's Electronics...
    I do believe you mean Fry's.
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    sebastienm , February 4, 2010 5:16 PM
    Yep, seems only a valid option if you *really* don't want to reinstall the OS.
    Otherwise, as mentioned in the article, use the ssd directly.
    And what would be the $ and performance comparison if you just added a new drive and run on Raid0 (most motherboards have on-board Raid0)
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    dman3k , February 4, 2010 5:17 PM
    So it's just Windows & ReadyBoost?
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    mados123 , February 4, 2010 5:38 PM
    Is this the same as having more memory and using a RamDrive, albeit with less space compared to SSD's today?
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    fadymahfouz , February 4, 2010 5:47 PM
    If This Would decrease the degrading of the SSDs drives, Then maybe a lot of people will consider it.
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    Miharu , February 4, 2010 5:51 PM
    I don't really understand... why 2 satas ports ?
    This is backup propose or performance propose ?

    I feel like more cache memory on HD cache could give same or better result...
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    PostmanPat , February 4, 2010 6:05 PM
    It seems they're only catering to the market of people who REALLY don't want to reinstall their OS... doesn't make sense to me. IMO, the reinstallation of the OS is one of the benefits of going through an HDD/SDD upgrade. For those people who don't reinstall on a somewhat regular basis, the process of going back to a unmodified OS and putting on just the essentials can be as much of a boost in performance as this new piece of technology claims to achieve anyway.
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    Ramar , February 4, 2010 8:06 PM
    I appreciate the idea, if it worked as advertised. If only the OS ran quicker, then yes, have a boot drive and storage drive. But if it actually helps the storage drive load 70% faster on everything, then that's great, and keeps the SSD alive longer.
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    scryer_360 , February 4, 2010 9:12 PM

    So its what RAM is supposed to be....
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    alextheblue , February 4, 2010 10:06 PM
    scryer_360...So its what RAM is supposed to be....
    Oh, you have hundreds of gigs of non-volative RAM? What kind, ferro mem, or one of those other unreleased technologies? Or maybe you have 10 battery-backed RAM drives installed and hooked to a big UPS?
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    amabhy , February 4, 2010 10:22 PM
    WTF is an SDD?

    Come on guys, its not hard to skim an article half a page long.
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    idisarmu , February 4, 2010 10:43 PM
    amabhyWTF is an SDD?Come on guys, its not hard to skim an article half a page long.

    Very true. The writing as a whole is sloppy. For example:
    "the device itself is mounted within a 3.5-inch drive bay which in turn houses an SSD."

    It sounds like Mr. Parrish is saying that the 3.5" drive bay houses both the device AND an SSD (If this were true, I would say, "Congratulations on making the device compact. But wouldn't it look kind of messy?"). I think what he was trying to say was this:

    "The device, which houses an SSD, is mounted within a 3.5-inch drive bay."
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    jonnyzat , February 4, 2010 11:40 PM
    can i really buy one at circuit city?
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    jonnyzat , February 4, 2010 11:42 PM
    can i really get one at circuit city? really?
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    anonymousdude , February 5, 2010 12:32 AM
    jonnyzatcan i really get one at circuit city? really?

    Yes. Circuit City is an e-tailer now.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 5, 2010 12:54 AM
    Circuit City? That's right! Somebody bought the rights to the name.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 2:26 AM
    So does anyone else remember that Samsung tried this awhile ago with their Hybrid Drive technology? No? Guess that shows how well it worked out the first time around.

    Like hybrid cars, its a good idea on paper, but the required time and effort to perfect the technology should really be used to come up with a replacement for magnetic media, not a complicated go-between.
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