FNET HYBRIDISK CACHING SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
When we first download the FNet HybriDisk software, unzip the file and click on the setup file, we see the customary end-user license agreement.
After clicking to accept the license agreement, we click ‘Install’ and in very short order we receive a new screen showing that installation is complete. Click on the ‘Reboot Now’ tab to proceed.
Once the reboot has completed, we now have the HybriDisk icon on our desktop. When we open the HybriDisk program for the first time, we receive the activation screen.
The FNet HybriDisk license key that is included with the SuperCache 2 SSD will be on a label such as we see here.
Enter the license key (Caps Lock on!) in the blocks of the activation screen and click the ‘Activate’ button. You will then receive the HybriDisk main screen. It shows our main ‘C’ drive in the upper section, and a green plus sign (+) under the second drive section. Click on the plus sign to proceed with creation of the HybriDisk.
We now see the HybriDisk drive configuration window. It shows our SuperCache 2 SSD and its 119.24GB of usable space, with the partition designated in red as drive ‘D’. It also notes that drive ‘D’ will be removed (by creation of the cache). The cache partition is designated in blue. Advanced users can change the size/capacity of the cache here, but you would likely only want to do this if using the HybriDisk software with a larger capacity SSD. For our purposes, we will allow it to utilize the full 119GB to create the caching partition. Click on ‘OK’ to continue with creation of the caching partition.
We now receive a small window that is the equivalent of an “are you sure?”. “Do you want to create the Hybrid area, which is the drive space with SSD cache?” Click on ‘Yes’ to proceed.
Now we again see the HybriDisk main screen, this time showing the HDD as the ‘C’ drive, and the SuperCache 2 SSD as the caching drive. We now also see a red minus sign (–) in a circle to the right, and a HybriDisk On/Off button at the lower right. Clicking on either the red minus sign (–) or the On/Off button will turn the cache off (the red minus sign will turn into a green plus sign again). Clicking on either the green plus sign (+) or the On/Off button turns the cache back on again. Anytime you turn the cache on or off, remember to reboot.
We are now ready to proceed with analyzing the performance and effectiveness of the HDD with caching turned on.