I have a Crucial M4 256Gb SSD
I intend to put Windows 7, my programs and some of my data on the SSD.
The overflow I was going to put on a multi terabyte mechanical drive.
I was hoping to use Intel Smart Response Technology to also cache the most used mechanical disk.
Is this possible?
There are lots of posts about putting OS, programs and data on ssd.
There are some posts about using SSD as a cache however this appears
less popular as the gains are less. The cache is apparently limited to
one volume (which maybe a raid volume but if the volume is on a single
disk the disk must contain only one volume ie not partitioned), the
cache must be 20-64GB, the rest of the SSD being usable as a Raid 0
disk. There must be at most 4 disks connected and all on Intel
controller. Rather restricted conditions actually when all listed like this.
By using both I was intending to ensure boot up and
programs start should be fast (always on SSD) and the overflow data
should also be mostly fast or at least have to wait for disk spin up
less often. I'm yet to find reports of others doing this which makes me wonder if it is possible. My initial attempts have not be successful. Loading the OS on SSD was uneventful, as was creating a unassigned partition of 64GB to use as a cache. However I'm unable to get the "Accelerate" button to show in Intel Rapid Storage Technology under Windows 7 64bit. Only the "Create" raid volume button is visible in addition to the standard ones.
Is this a limitation of the current version of Intel Smart Response Technology or user error? If it's a limitation of the current software are there plans to add this capability as hybrid systems using SSD and larger mechanical drives are surely going to be common for the next few years so combining the capabilities as listed above will be desirable for some time.
While talking about enhancements to Smart Response Technology, are there plans to enable caching of more than one volume? Ideally I would like to cache two partitions on a 3TB power efficient drive, to enabe selective
backup of my data (image backup of one volume only). Alternatively I could use two physical mechanical drives so caching more than one physical drive would also be of value.
Btw I have a Z77 mobo (ASUS P8Z77-M PRO), i5 3570k and 8GB ram running Windows 7 64bit