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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
Received the ReadyCache SSD today in the regular UPS Mail. It was in a plain paper package but inside there's professional packaging with a Sandisk box. Inside the box you get the SSD itself, a bracket, a set of screws, a sata data cable and the instructions with the activation key for the software. Installation wasn't the easiest thing in the world but that is primarily due to owning a Dell XPS 8100 desktop. They make it so hard to add things to these boxes that it took me about 45 minutes to finally get it right and even then it is sort of rigged. I ended up not using the bracket and just mounting it above the existing hard drive because neither of the available power cables were long enough. I suppose I could have purchased an extension but then I would have had to wait to try it out.

After installation I booted up and Windows 7 immediately recognized the drive. Was surprised it didn't show up as a drive letter so it must be formatted differently than normal. Anyway, the software was about 133 megabytes so after download I ran through the install which went through without a hitch. Asked for a reboot after and then enabled my activation code and was ready to go. Didn't immediately notice much improvement but that really makes sense to me. You see, this thing caches frequently used files as you use them. Basically you'll want to restart your computer again after enabling cache so those files get in there and then once back up you'll want to run all your normal software to cache those things. After running through 2 reboots and then running outlook, word, excel, firefox, itunes, steam and a few other frequently used applications I'm using close to 7gb of the available roughly 30gb.

The good news, the computer seems MUCH snappier now. Outlook starts almost instantly. Itunes takes only a few seconds (as opposed to 10 or so) and boots are faster as well. It seems this thing does what it advertises which makes me VERY Happy. This 2 year old aging XPS now has new life and should suit me well for the next couple of years. The only fear is that if I decide to go to Windows 8 what then? Will Sandisk support it and when? Right now it is only supported in Windows 7. I also am not sure whether it is 64 bit or 32 bit. My guess is 64 bit because it installed into Program Files and not Program Files (x86).

Anyway, for $50 I am extremely happy so far. No problems with it at all so far and the system even seems a bit quieter because the drive is not churning all the time. I should add I have 8 gb of memory in the system and have a LOT of stuff installed. I'd suggest giving this thing a try because spending an entire day or two putting everything onto a new SSD didn't sound like a lot of fun to me.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
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For those wondering, I installed this yesterday on my Windows 8 machine and it works great. I have noticed huge improvements in boot time and application launch times. My boot time has been cut in half. Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer now open almost instantly. Photoshop and Visual Studio both load in about 4 seconds. I noticed the speed increase on the 2nd or 3rd time opening an application So far I am very happy with this product. Especially for $50.

The only issue I ran into is that when I first installed the drive, my bios set it as the first drive in my boot sequence. This caused my computer to not boot. Once I removed the drive from my boot sequence it started working fine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
Just bought this a few days ago and have to say I am impressed. Boot speeds are cut almost in half and my wife's apps and web pages load almost instantaneously. I had some doubts initially but the little bugger works quite well! In fact, I'm not sure there is a reason to even buy a decent sized solid state drive, at least as of today, when for the price of say a 256GB SSD drive you could get this, a 1 TB hard drive, and still have money to take you're spouse out to dinner...Or buy more ram... 8)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
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I installed it on my PC and move my Debian install from my SATA HDD to my new SSD. And it works great! Any program I want to run loads at least twice as fast now.

Of course, due to the nature of SSD technology, you should follow some guidelines to make it work right. Ask Google for that (I can't include hyperlinks here )
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
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I also did not like the activation code, but it wasn't a big deal. The software you install monitors your most used programs and then caches them onto the SSD. This caching process is a lot like Intel's Smart Response Technology, which comes with the ZX8 motherboards (possibly others, I'm not familiar with them). I have a ZX8 motherboard, but went with this product anyway. So far, it's working fantastically.

Installation is a cinch. Just mount the SSD onto the bracket, then put the bracket in an existing slot in your tower. Easy. On the first go around, I forgot to attach the power cable. Braindead moment for me, I guess. So, don't forget that.

The package it arrived in was totally weird, though, never seen one like it. It was a strong, brown paper package that the post office (I'm assuming, to save space) folded in half and put a rubber band around it. Nothing to prevent one from buying the product, though.

It is well worth the $50 I threw down for it. All in all, a solid four stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
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I've had this running for a week now and it seems to work really well. Installation was pretty straight forward, just go to the website and watch the video. I installed the hardware in under 10 minutes. Software install was also easy and it really does seem to have sped up my computer. Startup is faster and programs like outlook seem to open quicker as well. I was running a fairly high end HP desktop, but the SSD is a nice addition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
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I added this to an Asrock HT321B HTPC (see http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Barebone-VISION-HT-321B/dp/B0094E063Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348155970&sr=8-2&keywords=asrock+321b) which has a relatively slow 5400rpm drive. The results were excellent, boot time and application launching have been transformed. Well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
Bought this to speed up a system with drives too large to economically transition to ssd easily. Basically it caches recent system data reads and then is able to deliver those requests much faster than any spinning harddrive can later on when its requested again, people generally run the same set of programs daily or the same game over a certain period so this is an effective way of gaining a large portion of the speed of an SSD without the work or expense. SSD's are still many times more expensive per Gb than regular drives, so if you get one you have to go through the chore of reinstalling windows and then managing your data so it actually fits on the much smaller drive. This cache is a good work around solution for much less, drop it in, install the software and it works behind the scenes.

1.3 version of the software just came out days ago, fixes many of the issues people were complaining about, it runs without annoying cache resets now. All in all this is a good value buy, harddrives are the slowest part of any system by a mile, so SSD's even cache SSD's speed up random reads massively as there is no effective seek time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
I got this on a whim, not really expecting it to do what the company's hype said it would. Surprise! It is amazing. I build/re-build several PCs through-out the year and have this on my open bench case with a 1TB HDD. Once you've used it for a few days and it caches your 'everyday' computer use, it makes the PC feel like you have replaced your HDD with a SSD. But don't just take my word for it. Check out some reviews, especially this one by the unbiased folks at [H]ard|OCP: [...]

Installation is a snap, and you don't need to re-install Windows, either. Just pop it in, hook it up, run the software, and it will begin caching your HDD. And being a persistent cache, it never gets wiped out when you shut down. So booting Windows also is quicker. If all you have is SATA II, it will still work just fine. But if you have SATA III, it will be able to work at its max speed.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
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This thing is fantastic. It acts like a cache for your most commonly used files/programs and gives you the benefit of the read speed of an SSD. From cold boot (including bios bootup time), I went from 42 seconds to 32 seconds. Internet Explorer opens almost instanteously, and Outlook 2010 comes in at around 1 second - even on first open after restart. It even affects games I play. Loading into the Skyrim world map takes around 3 seconds as opposed to 10 seconds.

The only thing I would dock a star from is why does the Sandisk program need a serial key? It's not like someone could pirate the hardware and share it through bittorrent...

System Specs:
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
16GB 1600mhz DD3 RAM
640GB WD Black HDD
32GB Sandisk ReadyCahe
GeForce 480GTX
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