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SanDisk Desktop Caching SSD - ReadyCache 32 GB SATA 3 Solid State Drive SDSSDRC-032G-G26

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Give your desktop PC's memory a performance boost with the SanDisk ReadyCache Solid State Drive. This solid state drive (SSD) works with your PC's existing hard drive to deliver faster memory performance from bootup to shutdown**. You'll experience faster … see full wiki

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Effective But Restricted SSD

  • Sep 27, 2012
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I've received this Cache SSD through Amazon's Vine program, and it turns out that this product is different form what I had expected it to be. So let me start this review with a couple of things that this SSD is not, so there is no confusion if you are considering buying it.

1. This is NOT a regular SSD that can replace any other hard drive. The purpose of this SSD is to act as a cache in tandem with your existing hard drive.
2. This is NOT a product that is compatible with all computers and/or operating systems. This is a product designed to work only with Windows 7 machines.

Once I got over the above limitations, though, I was able to install it on my old Windows 7 PC, which I've been using as a media-center PC for some time. That machine has been acting slower and slower over the years, and even with an upgraded memory it was becoming painfully slow to use. This was particularly true with launching and closing of the various programs, and especially with the boot up time. So I welcomed a chance to improve my old computer's performance.

Installing this SSD is relatively straightforward, although you should be comfortable opening up electronic devices and fiddling with screws and cables. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, I recommend you ask for help from a computer-savvy friend or a relative. The SSD fits perfectly into an existing SATA HD slot.

Once you install this SSD you will need to download additional software and activate it with the activation code that came with this package. This is all a very straightforward process, although in my opinion requiring activation code is an unnecessary step.

Once the software is installed and working, it will take a few restarts and re-launches of your most accessed applications before you start seeing some improvements. However, the improvements are definitely real and substantial. I don't know about the factors of 4 or 12 that are claimed on the package, but my experience has been very positive.

If you were looking to boost your old Windows 7 machine then I would definitely take a look at this SSD Cache. It will make your computer feel relevant for at least a couple more years. For $50 that is a great proposition IMHO. However, if you were looking for a more versatile SSD I would definitely look for other options.

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