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SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory

  • Boost your original system HDD read speed without reinstalling OS
  • Minimum SSD data write times help extend SSD life-cycle
  • Easy to install
  • Compatible with most of 2.5” SATA SSD
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SilverStone
Model
HDDBOOST

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Specifications
Boost your original system HDD read speed without reinstalling OS
Minimum SSD data write times help extend SSD life-cycle
Easy to install
Compatible with most of 2.5” SATA SSD

Features

Features
HDDBOOST is a unique product that combines the best qualities of traditional hard drive and solid state disk (SSD) into one virtual super storage solution. Depending on the speed of the SSD added, the HDDBOOST can increase the performance of an existing host hard drive up to 70%(*)! This speed increase is very noticeable and significant for any PC users that have not experienced using SSD drives before. For those who are not ready to compromise on storage capacity and reliability for speed, HDDBOOST will enable SSD speed on its host hard drive and reduce the write times to SSD’s more fragile flash-based storage system, thus extending its effective lifetime.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 7/30/2013 11:50:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNow that I have it, can't live without it!

Pros: Does what it says it does
Speeds up windows load times - a lot!
Simply plug and play - idiot proof
Works in any environment - can speed up any HDD regardless of if it's a boot drive, storage drive, etc.

Cons: Can't really monitor what it's doing - just have to trust that it's working.
SATA II - wish it was SATA III
SATA ports don't fit the cables snugly - they can (and have) easily fallen off.
Acts kind of buggy if you're running a big overclock.

Other Thoughts: At first this product drove me nuts. I didn't like the fact that I couldn't monitor what it was doing.. how did I even know it WAS working? I have it hooked up to a samsung 120gb SSD.

So after a lot of stressing, I ended up removing it - I was going to return it. Woah.. ever notice how much you miss something when you don't have it?! Ya.. when my boot times went back to normal (aka, slow) it was IMMEDIATELY obvious that this thing works. I plugged it back in, give it a 2x reboot (you need to boot once for it to store the new files) and whamo, I'm back in action. After that I just decided to leave it alone and not worry about it. Best decision I could have made! Now I honestly LOVE the product. Windows 7 boots like widows 8 (no joke.) After I put in my windows password everything just loads up instantly.

At first, I was having some issues with it. The issues were narrowed down to 2 sources. 1) The SATA cables can come off VERY easily (removed an egg for that.) Many times when putting my case cover back on I'd barely bump the cable, resulting in the computer not detecting it during startup. So just be careful with that. #2) - Overclocking. It would seem that when you're REALLY pushing the limits, this thing can start acting funny. Basically the bios has a hard time detecting it. Now that I've backed down a bit (but still quite a modest overclock) it's working very well. Not removing an egg for that as I haven't fully investigated to prove that it's actually the HDD Boost's fault.

As others said, make sure you update to the newest firmware.

Well that's really it! I've had the product for a few months now and really like it. Kinda bites not being able to see the SSD in windows - can't partition it or anything - you have zero access to it. But once you realize it's working, it's awesome. I advise you get the biggest SSD you can for it. The larger the SSD, the more it can store for 'boost.'

Also to dispel some myths floating around, if the HDD Boost dies or the SSD dies, it does NOT mess up your boot system. I've removed and re-connected this thing about 30 times since I've owned it and never once did my system not boot when hooking back up the HHD. There's ZERO risk in this product, which is probably one of the biggest benefits of all. Just don't be stupid and swap the SATA cables when hooking it up. Outside of that it's quite literally plug and play. Set it and forget it. Huge fan of the product!

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  • Keith C.
  • 11/15/2012 9:06:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFollow-up

Pros: New life to older gear in the office. Surprisingly fast when used as directed. RMA went fast and the devices came up on the first go-around.

Cons: Initially bricked them while updating the firmware. Cabling is not intuitive - READ the directions and diagrams.

Other Thoughts: After initially bricking the two I bought, I sent them back for RMA and got some good advice. On initial use. Wire just the device, bring up the OS and wait for the driver to load. Reboot. With no drives attached, update the firmware. Shutdown. Attach the original drive. It DOES NOT go into the shell but outside it. READ the diagram and instructions carefully. Start the OS. check to see if it recognizes the drive. Shutdown. Attach the SSD and reboot.
You should be able to see it rebuilding. Leaving it up for days lets the data get stale. Either manually update the SSD cache or reboot regularly to keep it fast.
I have had it up for a few days now and the programs and some of the data load faster. Defraging the drive keeps your exe files near the front of the HDD and those get mirrored to the SSD.
I have noticed that the HDDBoost only seems to update itself when the OS kicks in. Doing multiple changes at once seems to confuse the HDDBoost and it chooses what it will do. Best to just follow the KISS method and reboot the computer between steps.

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  • Keith C.
  • 10/26/2012 7:42:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInitial batch bust

Pros: Great idea, would use some of the older tech lying around the room

Cons: These are the FIRST batch production models with the original hardware. The firmware is marked 09xxxxx. Wasn't able to update them, just bricked them. More/better instructions are needed to support the older gear lots.

Other Thoughts: I don't know how long these have been sitting on the shelf, but the original firmware on them does NOT like to be updated like it says in their manual. Several attempts greeted me with errors and a reboot showed that both(2) were in some stage of a partial load and were inoperative. I attached the USB, but there was no rescuing them. Their software doesn't even see them. Its too bad, my BIOS can see my HDs, but Windows can only see the HDDBoost, and that's not talking. I have asked the manufacturer for advice or RMA (I don't want more of the first batch from Newegg). Lets see if SilverStone can get me working

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  • Mark J.
  • 8/17/2012 9:23:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsworked some

Pros: fast for awhile

Cons: questionable reliability

Other Thoughts: Well I think it might be the 60 gb OCZ drive, but I was surprised that this was still being sold. I got it Nov. 2010 and it worked for awhile then stopped, but I never really figured out what happened and thought that within one year of buying it, ie by 11/2011 it was pulled from the market, but see it now. I have tried to use the OCZ 60 gb drive I got with it as a fresh install boot drive to no avail, so I wonder if the SSD was the problem all along or combined the SSD got corrupted, Currently the SSD is not recognized by OCZ Toolbox, but find it has a 3 year warranty!

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  • Ed A.
  • 3/12/2012 10:42:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot such a smooth ride

Pros: Does decrease boot time considerably. Inexpensive. Easy to install and program access is faster.

Cons: Lousy support from manufacturer. If anything goes wrong during firmware update the unit will crash and has to be replaced. Lousy documentation. I bought one of these and put it with a 60 gig. SDD. It booted up nicely and seemed to work well until I did the recommended firmware upgrade. Then it crashed and my PC wouldn't post. Tech. support said the firmware was corrupt and it had to be sent back. So I got a RMA and sent it back. The turn around time was supposed to be a few days but after two weeks I had to keep bugging them to ship the new one back to me. I also got tech. support to do the firmware upgrade for me before they shipped it out. The replacement booted up ok but they didn't tell me that I should have reformatted the SDD first. My PC booted up with the new HDDBOOST good but everything was two weeks old. My desktop, and all updates and any software changes were the old stuff before I took the hddboost out. The SDD didn't re-sync to my hard drive but the other way around.

Other Thoughts: This is and inexpensive unit and works well when it's working but I certainly wouldn't buy another one. If there were something else out there I would consider that first. What really makes this package fast is determined by the speed and size of the SDD you buy and that is the expensive part. I only paid $40 for the unit but the Corsair SDD was $100. I don't really think it's worth it considering the trouble I went through.

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  • Dan B.
  • 1/10/2011 6:24:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHDDBoost Firmware 20100715v1_Beta

Pros: When it works the boot up speed it much quicker.

AMD1100t
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

Cons: Tried initial shipping firmware. Worked as expected for maybe 5-6 boots and then I'd get the cannot find boot drive. (Bios does see the HDDBOOST). I had to swap out the sata connection and boot with normal HD. Reconnected HHDBOOST and same thing happened after 3-5 boots. Upgraded firmware to 20100715v1 beta woth no different results.

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  • John L.
  • 11/12/2010 9:51:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless

Pros: Can't think of any!

Cons: After numerous problems with the first one, I sent it back for another unit.
I had my SSD loaded just the way I wanted when, I admit I made a mistake here as I attached my hard drive to the unit and fired it up, I had some existing files on my 640GB hard drive and they wrote over everything on my SSD. I tried to perform a recovery but everything on the SSD was lost.
After starting over and making sure the hard drive had the OS and all my files on it as I wanted, things appeared to work, but there was not an increase in speed anywhere to be found. My 640GB hard drive is a SATA III drive, my Windows Index score was still 5.9 and when I tried to use either drive seperatly, neither would boot up. My understanding was that the front end data was supposed to be off loaded to the SSD, but that is was basically mirroring the two drives.
Anyway, I've given up on it. It's useless.

Other Thoughts: Glad to hear that it works for some people.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 10/9/2010 3:44:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsHorrible

Pros: It makes application loading fast. I admit it.
But I can't get any SSD speed in ANY benchmarks applications (HD Tune, HD Tune Pro, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO Benchmark)
Windows 7 loading time is fast.

Cons: My 1st HDDBOOST failed. My PC couldn't detect it whatsoever.
And sometimes upon turning on the system, system checkdisk will run automatically and detect some problems and correct them.
I think whenever system can't detect HDDBOOST, it'll break some parts of your regular HDD.

I requested a replacement, and now my 2nd HDDBOOST is also acting the same thing. System cannot detect it.

Updating the firmware is also a headache. I can't update the firmware AT ALL. It always fails. It'll say something like "writing error" or "SPI erase fails." and always like that.

I'm returning this back and never use it again. Not good for your HDD!!!

Other Thoughts: NONE

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/3/2010 4:19:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsThis was supposed to SAVE me time

Pros: Easy to install. Overall speed boost 32%.

I timed the improvement in speed:
1) Windows end of BIOS POST to fully loaded: from 140sec to 103 sec (improvement of 26%);
2) load Firefox, 15 sec to 10 (33%);
4) load Word 4 sec to 3 (25%);
5) load WordPerfect w file 6 sec to 2 (67%);
6) Windows shutdown 27 sec to 20 sec (26%);
total for six processes, 212 sec to 143, or 69 sec faster, or 32% speed improvement. Not bad

Cons: I installed the HDDBoost with an Intel 40GN SSD onto C drive. It worked, but a separate physical datadrive was lost to Windows. The physical drive was present, and correctly recognized in CMOS setup, but it was listed in Diskmgmt.msc as “Dynamic disk”.

I uninstalled HDDBoost & SSD, converted the lost data drive to “Basic disc” in Diskmgmt (thereby wiping out all data), and repartitioned it. Then it was recognized. I copied its last backup onto it.

I reinstalled HDDBoost & SSD. All was now OK.

However, after a month, my PC failed to boot. I could not find C drive, even in BIOS. I removed HDDBoost (again), & the BIOS found C drive, & the PC booted OK. After a few days, after finally removing the HDDBoost from case, where it had been sitting unattached electrically to the rest of the PC, the PC would not POST at all.

Continued in "other thoughts" below:

Other Thoughts: Continued from "Cons":

I zeroed out the CMOS, but the PC still would not POST, giving instead continuous short beeps (24 of them), then shutting down and restarting, 24 beeps, etc. The troubleshooting code for my Gigabyte motherboard said this was a “power error”.

I disconnected all cabling in the PC and reconnected. No good. Gigabyte said my symptoms generally indicate unstable memory. I removed all memory from mobo, removed the onboard cell battery to clear the CMOS, then put in single stick memory in the slot closest to the CPU. The system booted into BIOS. I reset the BIOS to load fail-safe defaults and load optimized defaults. I then added remaining the 3 remaining RAM modules, and the PC booted successfully.

This history may be two separate problems (loss of the data drive; bad RAM), but I’m not taking a chance. I’m not reinstalling HDDBoost. And I’m out $$ for the HDDBoost & the SDD, and lost of troubleshooting time. And this was supposed to save me time.

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  • Hugh C.
  • 8/31/2010 2:40:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHDDBoost Does Waht it Says.

Pros: Easy to install. My biggest problem was replacing a SATA cable with a 90 degree connector that interfered with the close connector positions on the frame. Mounting the SSD to the frame took about 30 seconds. Satisfied with everything. Even the updates to firmware were a breeze to install.

Cons: None I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Can't read SMART from connected HDD. This should be addressed soonest.

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