The OCZ Revo Hybrid will only work as a boot drive as caching will only work on the system drive. Initial installation requires the download of the Revo Hybrid driver from OCZ, extracting the file into a new folder and a fresh install of Windows. When you first arrive at the screen allowing your choice of locations to install Windows, nothing will appear. You must select ‘Load Driver’ on the lower left of the screen and direct it to where you extracted the driver file on your system.
Once this is done, two drives will appear, one of a 931GB capacity and one of a 93GB capacity. The larger is your hard drive and where you are going to install Windows while the smaller is your SSD. It is simply a RevoDrive 3 SSD with 100GB RAW capacity which has been over provisioned at the enterprise level of 28% and formatted, leaving it with a total of 93GB available user capacity.
You will later require the installation of Dataplex Caching Software for the card to work correctly and this will be described in detail, however, this is where we veer off track a bit for some great shots and tests.
I am a firm believer that first impressions are everything and, since receipt of my first RevoDrive, I have been thoroughly impressed with the experience created by OCZ in their Revo packaging. The outer shell is a thin cardboard cover which has a great look, not only showing a picture of the RevoDrive Hybrid itself, but also a graphic which depicts how the Revo Hybrid caches data. This is further eluded to by a detailed paragraph explaining caching on the back of the package.
When you remove the cover, there is a solid case inside where the front drawer slides open revealing the RevoDrive Hybrid. Within can also be found a very detailed User Guide which walks the user through installation step by step.