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Pros: SSD works as a regular drive.
The drive is fast.
Can be used as a ReadyBoost drive.
Cons: The bundled software is dangerous: corrupts file system.
Drive too large for single-partition ReadyBoost (but can be used whole if split in 2 partitions)
Other Thoughts: After recovering from the file system corruption (I had to fully re-image the HDD from backup), I've formated the SSD as plain old NTFS drive.
After adding a new drive letter, Windows 7 promptly popped up a dialog asking if I want to use it as a ReadyBoost device..
I agreed :-)
Well, long story short - MS done everything that Corsair should've done in their software:
1. Performance improvement similar to Dataplex (when it was working).
2. Improves performance of ALL drives, not just the boot.
3. Rock solid (by design - hard to corrupt FS data).
4. Nice reporting (through perfmon) of cache activity.
Of course, you can probably use ANY SSD drive and get the performance gain (no advantage of Corsair)...
Also note - ReadyBoost allows to use only 32GB on a single drive letter (ant it has to be a drive letter). For a larger device like this SSD you need to create multiple partitions (each under 32GB) and treat them as separate ReadyBoost devices (up to 8).
Pros: Speeds up read operations on previously cached files.
Easy to install.
Cons: * Corrupts NTFS on file writes.
* When done so - on boot presents an option ("press D to skip loadind Dataplex") which instead of "skipping" completely uninstals software.
* Software has no diagnostics/recovery options or components and hides errors and data corruption untill it is too late.
Bad architecture. Attaches itself to the disk driver, not as IFS filter!
Other Thoughts: This is a deceptively easy product with great potential for damage. I've installed it in 15 minutes, and then for a week enjoyed a much faster startup times. Then, I decided to reinstal cygwin...
The full installation is massive (3.5GB, 300K files) and I guess , one of few thousands writes through Dataplex cache does not work correctly. So I ended up with a dosen or so corrupt files. I proceeded to run chkdisk, it 'fixed' a few file indexes and everything seemed to be OK for a time.
My theory is that Dataplex/Corsair does not play well with chkdsk and/or ntfs file defragmenter (runs on a schedule nightly on my computer). In the morning I ended up with half of the apps not startabl due to corruption. When tried to reboot - windows went into recovery mode. I am still workingon it, but it does not looks good at this point. Seems like significant portion of HDD is just overwritten with garbage.