SSD Caching for everybody’s big honkin’ C drive, that’d sure be nice

Are you also yearning for a simple Windows 7 x64 SSD caching software package, one that’d work with any laptop or desktop brand, with any brand of SSD? Even better, no add-on RAID adapter required. Just pop in an SSD and install the software, and you’ve got the average user’s large C: drive accelerated. No tuning required.

Instead, what we seem to be seeing a lot of lately are proprietary bundles, such as:

Corsair using Nvelo Software for Accelerator Series
SanDisk acquires FlashSoft (enterprise, VMware compatible SSD caching FlashSoft SE-V)
HighPoint RocketStor SMART RAID  
OCZ Synapse Cache SSD by Dataplex

and a similar offering (that I’ve used with great results so far for gZilla)
Intel Smart Response Technology (Z68 motherboard with any brand SSD)  

and a Linux software only package for any SSD:
Velobit SSD Cache Software (for Linux only, coming soon)

and enterprise stuff like STEC EnhanceIO for servers.

So, when will somebody actually release a separate Windows package? Perhaps never, since it seems the software vendors find it more lucrative to pair up with an SSD manufacturer.

I guess I’d be more comfortable if the operating system itself contained robust SSD caching algorithms, rather than a variety of 3rd parties.

  • Imagine Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, VMware ESXi, and Microsoft Hyper-V, with SSD like performance on large datastores (think Storage Spaces Turbo).
  • Now imagine they all allow you to use any SSD or even multiple SSDs as cache, even for your bootable 3TB main boot drive.
  • Imagine support for all form factors, including today’s SATA2, SATA3, mSATA, PCI, or tomorrow’s Thunderbolt.

Pipe dream, I know. Just sayin’. Maybe by 2014.

But hopefully by then, pure SSD is affordable, even for multiple terabytes of personal cloud data. If that’s the way we’re headed, we’ll looking back on 2012 as the strange year of hybrid storage stop-gaps. You know, as we drive our pure electric vehicles around.

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  • Dave R.


    long time I used a Windows 7 + 64 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD system with Intel
    Smart Response Technology and the tool Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    for SSD caching. It’s working perfect.

    Now Windows 8 is coming in my live and I make a dual boot system with
    running Windows 7 and Windows 8 to switch from time to time

    beetween them.

    Whats about SSD caching, can I us this on the 2 systems sequentially, to support booth systems with SSD caching ?

    • Paul Braren

      I don’t believe that’ll be possible, but I admit I haven’t tried that scenario. My impression is that the Intel GUI won’t even use the cache without reconfiguring each time you boot to the other OS.