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.
*base on SSD performance
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
Initial production run of HDDBOOST (serial number AC09520711 to AC09521708) has USB pin header and cable included for firmware upgrade, but subsequent product runs of HDDBOOST no longer have them. All HDDBOOST (including ones from the initial product run) can be firmware updated via SATA connector so USB connectors are no longer necessary.
SilverStone strongly recommends updating firmware in advance of product installation. If your HDDBOOST is from the initial product run (serial number AC09520711 to AC09521708), please update the firmware at your earliest convenience for enhanced compatibility with latest SSD.
Limit firmware upgrade while storage synchronizing.
Fixed disappear SST_HDDBOOST in some of Motherboard BIOS re-scan S.M.A.R.T device.
Note: Support S.M.A.R.T. function command transfer to hard drive.
Note: add start read data from HDD when SSD fail.
HDDBOOST Firmware upgrade guide
Note: add SPI flash write command test before firmware write to flash.
Q. How does HDDBOOST work?
A: HDDBOOST will carry out the action of mirror backup right after the initial installation.
This action will copy the front-end data of the original system hard drive to the SSD
sequentially (assuming that the capacity of SSD is smaller than HDD.).
After the initial mirroring of data is completed, SSD and HDD will have the same front
-end data. HDDBOOST’s controller chip will then set data read priority to SSD to take
advantage of SSD’s much faster read speed. HDDBOOST’s priority will be determined
by the following rules:
1.When data is present on both drives, read from SSD.
2.When data is not present on both drives, read from HDD.
3.Data will only be written to HDD.
Every time the system starts, HDDBOOST will initiate mirror backup automatically to
ensure front-end data between the two drives are the same.
Q. Will HDDBOOST damage/lose the original hard drive data?
A: In general use, the data will be fully written to the hard drive, so no data would be lost.
The Mirror backup process will not write data to the hard drive, thus eliminating the
chance of data loss. Even if SSD wears out or HDDBOOST’s controller malfunctions,
the original hard drive can still be used to boot the system normally.
Q. How does HDDBOOST extend the life of SSD?
A: In normal operating system environment, a system drive gets written onto constantly
until the system is turned off. Compared to using SSD only as the main system drive,
HDDBOOST will only write to SSD once sequentially during system boot up when it
activates mirror backup. This significantly reduces the wear and tear that normally occurs
when writing data to SSD.
Q. Why is it necessary to defrag the hard drive before initial installation?
A: During the first Mirror backup process, HDDBOOST will “Mirror” the front-end data from
HDD to SSD directly. Defragmenting the HDD first will ensure there is as much data as
possible to be copied to SSD.
Q. How to maintain the performance this system drive with HDDBOOST?
A: After extended usage without rebooting, more and more data may no longer be mirrored
on SSD to take advantage of its performance so re-booting the system on regular basis
can ensure the performance is always maintained at a high level.
Q. What capacity of SSD should I buy?
A: The recommended capacity of SSD will depend on the number of installed programs
and the size of the operating system. Generally, Windows XP needs 8GB minimum
while Windows Vista/7 needs 32GB minimum.
Q. When BIOS enable in AHCI mode, how to setup the HDDBOOST?
A: 1. Plug the included SATA/power cable to the HDDBOOST and to corresponding connectors on the motherboard, power supply and system hard disk. Turn on the computer, the system will scan and install the driver automatically. After the above installation is completed, turn off your computer.
2. Connect your SSD carefully to the connector on the HDDBOOST. Turn on the system, enable the HDDBOOST as your boot hard disk drive and enjoy the powerful speed.
Q. Why does the S.M.A.R.T status show error after installed the HDDBOOST?
A: The HDDBOOST does not support S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology). If you connect the HDDBOOST and S.M.A.R.T status error, it does not mean mechanical problem of HDDBOOST.
Q. If there is any possible to recover the data from hard disk (SSD) to SSD (hard disk)?
A: According the specification, the HDDBOOST can not backup data between the hard disk and the SSD. We suggest that user should backup important data manually in a regular time.
Q. Can I install OS into HDDBOOST directly?
A: Yes, if you want to build a new computer system with HDDBOOST then you can install OS into HDDBOOST directly
Q. Why is there no performance increase when I use benchmark software after installing HDDBOOST?
A: Some benchmark software test with temporary files so SSD is not tested with these types of software. They read data from system hard drive only as a result of testing with temporary files. We recommend users to test HDDBOOST with professional software tools such as HD Tune Pro or HD Tach.
Q. Why is there no USB cable included with my HDDBOOST?
A: The original intention of including the USB connector to HDDBOOST was for firmware updates. However, further testing showed that firmware can be updated via SATA connection as well so USB is no longer needed. USB cable was only included with HDDBOOST batch with serial numbers from AC09520711 to AC09521708.
Q. If I installed HDDBOOST in a non-Windows system or if I don’t install “HDDBOOST Utility,” how do I know if my SSD and HDD have finished synchronization status?
A: Software monitoring of HDDBOOST synchronization is only supported for Windows operating system via “HDDBOOST Utility.” To monitor synchronization status for other x86 computers running other types of operating systems such as Linux, it is necessary to look at status LEDs on the HDDBOOST. If synchronization is still in progress, both status LEDs on the HDDBOOST will flash rabidly at the same time. Once synchronization is finished, the LEDs will either flash independently or stop flashing.
Q. Can I use HDDBOOST on a RAID setup?
A: Yes you can, you will need to use one HDDBOOST for each HDD and SSD combination in the RAID. On some motherboards, you may have trouble booting up using RAID with HDDBOOST installed. In this case, please go into your motherboard BIOS and change AHCI mode to IDE mode for better compatibility.