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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 17:18   #1
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SilverStone Announces Hybrid SSD-Hard Disk Device

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...sd-hard-disk/1

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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 17:24   #2
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It would be great to see some speed tests done with this !
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If this actually works, it could mean a larger sale of low-capacity SSD's. Buying a F3, and then boosting it with a 32gig SSD would be awesome.
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so using the SSD as cache memory? look - I know I'm old, but surely a better system would be to do a bay that uses all the old memory sticks we've got lying around that can't be used for anything - DDR 400 with 4- 8 slots would be ideal...

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I wonder how it would perform with a SSD and a 300Gb WD Velociraptor.
This would be an interesting test on a review...
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So you have to buy an SSD, the kit and a Hard Disk... not seeing this take off in all fairness. Look forward to speed tests though.
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Very interesting idea.
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Interesting solution, and may be a hit in the short to medium term (i.e. until cheap big SSDs become available). We'll need to see some numbers, but it could be a winner, provided it actually works. Probably won't be as good as a smallish (60-120GB) SSD as system drive with secondary storage for media files etc. on a big HDD, but a lot more convenient.

Looks from the article like it's a drop-in upgrade. Can anyone confirm, or are we in clean install territory?

Edit: looks like it is a drop in. If performance improvement hits the 70% range SilverStone suggests, it's a massive winner for €33.
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So you still have to buy an SSD? lol
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Your article says it requires software, but the picture says it doesn't... which is correct?
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This is exactly what I need to persuade me to actually put the SSD I have in my system - reinstalling is too much effort!

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I wonder how it would perform with a SSD and a 300Gb WD Velociraptor.
This would be an interesting test on a review...
SSD speeds when accessing cached data; Raptor speeds otherwise. Simple really.
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Well the idea is nice, shame it's so poorly designed, surely a company like Silverstone is perfectly capable of making it possible to simply slide the hard drive and SSD in to the bay without the need to use un-necessary cables and mess and secure with a couple of screws at worst if not a completely tool-less design.

The price certainly seems cheap until you consider how simple the overall concept is and that it could probably be home made for less by any electronics guru's out there.
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wouldn't this increase access time if the data is not on the SSD? so if you buy a really small SSD (eg. 32GB vs 1TB HDD) most of the files would read slower?

hopefully Silverstone can prove me wrong.
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So you have to buy an SSD, the kit and a Hard Disk... not seeing this take off in all fairness. Look forward to speed tests though.
nope, you can just get the SSD and the kit and use your existing OS hard drive, this will mirror the most used data from the HDD to the SSD and tell the OS to look at the SSD first for the data it needs.

you wont even have to re install the OS if what silverstone say is true.

shame it looks like its windoze only . . . . . id have one if it supported mac or linux.
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So you have to buy an SSD, the kit and a Hard Disk... not seeing this take off in all fairness. Look forward to speed tests though.
Many people already have SSD. Some even have SSD in raid mode!

I have a 30gb ssd and at Ł99 for a fast vertex, they are affordable. Oh and I have mechanical hard disks too!!
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I like the sound of it, taking a small SSD and using this controller and software to be efficient with the data you put onto it's limited space.
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33€ ain't bad, if it works well.
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Sign me up. I'd be more than happy to snag one of these and a 32gig SSD and pair it with my 1tb F3. Provided it works of course. I do agree that it would be nice if it was made in more of a "hot-swapable" style without all the extra cables though.
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