Proper use of a SSD to chace a HDD

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I have a SSD drive that I am trying to use to cache a HDD drive under Windows 7 (64-Bit).  I have the motherboard set to use raid mode instead of AHCI for the drives.

What is the best way to set Windows 7 to use the SSD to cache the HDD?

My first thoughts are to dedicate the SSD to ReadyBoost...  THis uses about half the drive.  Should I set up a system managed page file on the rest of the SSD?

Or, would it be better to not use ReadyBoost, and dedicate all of the drive space on the SSD to page file space, and then remove the page file on the system drive?

This is my first attempt at something like this, so getting a couple of opinions on how to make the most of the equipment would be really helpful.

Thanks in advance.
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To do what you are wanting you'd need a motherboard that supports SSD caching. However if the drive is large enough the best option with an ssd is to use it as the boot drive and then install apps and store data on a Hdd.


Supposedly, the motherboard supports it, but I couldn't find any spacific reference to it in the bios...  Is there some sort of terminology that I should look for, to enable the function?
What's the make and model of the motherboard?
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Yeah, what is the model of the mobo?
Hi there,

I think I figured out what was wrong... The motherboard is a ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme [Z68ITX-B-E].  It seems that there was software to manage the chache drive, but I didn't have it because the vendor packed the wrong driver disc with the PC.

Once the actual motherboard drivers were installed, the cache drive is now fully operational.  I am a bit disappointed by the lack of speed increase... The Windows test shows the score on the hard disc went from a 5.7 to a 5.9...  I really expected a bigger increase.


I figured it out before anyone offered me any advice on the matter.

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