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OK but picky about drivers
on August 7, 2013
I'm taking this to 3-stars. When I first updated their software to version 1.3, it would hang my system. Seems like the 1.3 software didn't like an older SATA driver on my system. Other drives and the previous software were ok.
It does provide a nice and noticeable speed increase that is very easy to install - when everything works. If it doesn't work, you'd better be very comfortable tracking down problems with the system. For the $$, if you're tech inclined, it's probably worth it.
(Previous 4-star review)
First, the description is outdated. THIS DOES WORK ON WINDOWS 8.
The SanDisk website has updated info and the new software is fine on Win8.
I didn't feel like reworking my whole storage system to put an SSD into it for programs and boot, and at <$50 this seemed worthwhile trying. I'm glad I did.
Installation is totally straightforward. Plug it into an SATA port, preferably a 6Gb/sec one, and plug in power, close up the computer, download and install the software, reboot and you're done. There are no real options on the caching software that you would likely use. (NOTE! This does not come with software. You need to download it from SanDisk so only do this when you have a net connection.)
Windows still needs to boot from your hard drive at least until it installs the driver for the cache. But once that is done, the process of finishing up the boot goes much, much quicker. Program startup is much faster once things are in the cache. There's no difference the first time you start anything.
It's unclear whether this is caching everything or if it is preferentially caching system and program files. It would be nice to be able to have some control over what gets cached. Time will tell, and a 64Gb cache would have alleviated a lot of that concern. 32G will be OK if the algorithms are really smart.
If I was starting new, or didn't mind spending a lot of time moving files around on drives, then a regular SSD for boot drive and programs would have been the way to go. But this was 10 minutes work, most of that with moving stuff to get to the SATA port on my motherboard. And it's a pretty dramatic performance boost for a small amount of effort and cash.