MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 M.2 SSD Review – Exploring M.2 With and Without FNet HybriDisk Caching

SYSTEM START UP BOOST

System boot time is a very important feature of SSDs and one that most only realize after they have used a ‘SSD enabled’ system.  Cutting your system start time by a minute each time you use your PC doesn’t seem like much but when you multiply it by the number of times you turn your PC on each day, an SSD gets back days of your life each year.  Let’s see how the start time compares before and after FNet HybriDisk has been activated:

Y510 Dpeedracer Results

As we can see, our start times are more than cut in half when HybriDisk is active.  This is an excellent representation of a typical laptop with and without an SSD (or SSD caching) installed.

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHT

I have never been a fan of SSD caching simply because, given exception to NVELO Dataplex,  manufacturers could never really pinpoint what benefit was gained.  To me, the true speed of a solid state drive was second to none, unless of course an SSD could be used to cache a hard drive with subsequent performance of that hard drive being similar to the SSD. That makes sense.  Even today, that provides the ability to achieve performance and capacity from a single storage medium and, if the third consideration of value also came into play, we just might have something.

MyDigitalSSD and FNet HybriDisk have done that and, looking at the current price of less than $1/GB, this is a very hard to beat solution.  The key for MyDigitalSSD is that there is not another similar product to provide them competition and yet, they still price their new form factor M.2 SSD (as with all others) at a very reasonable price.  Quite frankly, it is an amazing solution for anyone with a M.2 SSD contained Lenovo laptop.  Performance…  Capacity…  Value….

MyDigitalSSD SC2 M.2 64GB SSD Front Branding

There is another trick here that we really held back to last.  FNet HybriDisk allows the user to decide the size of the caching partition that they want to have.  What this means is that, with a Super Cache 2 64GB or 128GB SSD, you can really cut the SSD in half, leaving a logical partition for your boot drive, as well as the partition for the cache.  The result here is that your system will be providing pure SSD performance and, when you need to head to your hard drive for data, the performance from the hard drive will be cached SSD performance, close to that of the SSD.  This is the first time anyone that we know could accomplish anything similar and it is a great solution for present Thinkpad and Ideapad owners, as well as anyone else with a M.2 SSD contained portable.

All in all, MyDigitalSSD did a great job thinking this solution out and we are going to award the MyDigitalSSD M.2 Super Cache 2 SSD the Editor’s Choice, not only because we have achieved capacity, performance and value in this M.2 SSD package but also, MyDigitalSSD is one of the first to market the M.2 SSD.  We loved the ability to custom fit our SSD partition needs with this caching solution.

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Editors Choice-SSD copy Opt

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Must Have For Those Caching with M.2 SSDs.

MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 is a no-brainer when it comes to thinking about upgrading your cached notebook. In addition, sofware flexibility allows the installation of the OS on the SSD with a portion allotted to HDD caching. Excellent!

User Rating: 4.55 ( 2 votes)

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Can I use this on Intel’s next unit of computing, ie the one mentioned on this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4MX-0V8l4

Les@TheSSDReview
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I believe that is an mSATA no?

Matt Dawson
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MyDigitalSSD offers this same product in mSATA. Just do a search for Super Cache 2 mSATA.

Erik
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Erik

Intels Smart Response Technology caching solution also lets you set the cache size and use the rest of the ssd as you wish. I’ve had this setup for almost two years..

Matt Dawson
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Matt Dawson

Yes this may be true but one cannot simply buy that cache software without buying a computer/MB that supports it.

GiLL
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GiLL

How do you copy or image the windows OS boot section from the current HDD to the SSD?

John G.
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John G.

You need to use a cloning program. Also, you will need to remove the HDD and use a USB to SATA connector so that the drive is properly recognized for copying.

Les@TheSSDReview
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We typically use Paragon…

John G.
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John G.

I think I used Acronis. After I figured out what I was doing it was painless…I have to admit I hadn’t tried cloning an OS HDD since Win XP days, and figuring out how to contend with UEFI was a small challenge. BTW, Les, your review is really spot-on with the gains from implementing this arrangement.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Thanks John!

shaky
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shaky

Hello. I stand in front that procedure with a lenovo y510p. Do I really have to remove the 1tb hdd and connect it via usb? I have no usb/sata adapter. Could I make a new installation from the scratch if nothing goes? Thank you.

Les@TheSSDReview
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That system accommodates both SSDs does it not? Of course you can.

John G.
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It may depend on what cloning program you are using. With Acronis I had to remove the HDD, plug it in via usb/sata adapter, boot from an Acronis boot manager, clone the drive, change the boot drive in the BIOS to the SSD, and then reinstall the HDD. I wasted about 10 hours trying to clone the HDD in place, and was very frustrated!! Every time I tried with Acronis it kept giving me errors 🙁 I don’t know if the error was because of the cloning program, the UEFI boot loader (Win 8 Feature), or some sort of i/o… Read more »

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Ok I ve forgotten to say that it was Windows 7 I was going to install. I made also somehow the “lumber jack” method to prevent any Errors. Means: I plugged off the 1 TB HDD, plugged in MyDigital SC 128GB and switched on the Lenovo with the Windows DVD inside. After Windows was installed I replaced the HDD and wiped the (former) System partition. Everything is fine now. Just -it might be a stupid question – I wonder whether I ever need fnet hybrid Software since I have a pure SSD now with complete Windows 7 and Office 2007… Read more »

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Jose

Hi, planning to add this SSD to my y510p, however im not sure if should install the OS in this drive, having already a OCZ Vertex 4, which is faster ? which would you guys recommend to have the OS installed and why. Thanks

Les@TheSSDReview
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The difference will be minimal for the typical user. If you have the space available though, buying the larger SSD from this article, split partitioning it on say a 75/25 mix and using the lesser partition for a cache of your HDD that you just added for more capacity is ideal.

That is of course ONLY plan to add a HDD for capacity. If not, the two SSDs make that machine a monster.

shaky
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shaky

I use the SC 2 as System ssd in BIOS AHCI mode. I do not Need Intel Rapid Storage Technology, right? And: what adjustments should I make for Optimum Cache managment, and where?
Many thanks