Silverstone has struck innovation gold (provided it works as well as it sounds) with its latest announcement about HDDBoost, a technology that combines both SDD’s and mechanical hard drives into one large, fast storage device.
Simply put, HDDBoost connects a traditional 3.5 HDD of any size, with the a super fast 2.5inch SSD of your choice, and claims to improve speed of the new “combined” storage drive by up to 70% over the mechanical.
The device connects the two drives through a physical adapter that eliminates the need for software or drivers. It works by creating a sequential mirror of front-end data of the hard drive immediately after installation, onto the solid state drive. Thus, files that are most commonly used will be read from the SSD resulting in access times of under 1ms, over 10 times faster than traditional drives. To reduce writes, HDDBOOST stores the initial mirror data on the SSD, putting the rest on the HDD. Consequently, most of the data will still be read from the hard disk, but will reduce the amounts of writes done to the SSD.
The drive is currently only available in Japan, and has been given a price of 37 Euro ($50USD). North American availability is unknown.
A full run down on the details of HDDBoost can be found on Silverstone’s Website