Operating System Load Times
Once again we are going to see the performance of real world usage except this time in regards to the amount of time it takes to load the operating system (Win7) using the three different scenarios.
The lower time of loading is best. The SSD Alone only slightly outperforms the SSD/HDD combo inside of the HyBrid RunneR. However, they are only differences of a few seconds. They both outperform the HDD by a huge margin.
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Conclusion And Final Thoughts
The features that the HyBrid RunneR brings to the table are very valuable for users. The whole concept comes from the desire to use a SSD, with the ability to back it up, and leverage the reliability of an HDD. Here, the HyBrid RunneR delivers in every aspect.
The idea of being able to remove the SSD, and use it in the field, either in a laptop, or in a portable USB 3.0 enclosure, is very ingenious. RAIDon will be selling a line of USB 3.0 portable external enclosures in the very near future that will work hand-in-hand with the RunneR.
The product build quality is very solid, and you can tell that they did a great job in the design and manufacturing process.
The GUI is easy to use and understand, and the backup process is easy and pain-free. Once configured, it is a solution that requires very little to no maintenance at all. After using the SSD outside of the device, simply popping it into the device begins the process of syncing the data effortlessly, with no user intervention.
The added value of being able to use the excess capacity of the HDD as storage space is excellent, and a feature that is definitely unique to this line of devices.
The only negative about the RunneR is that NCQ does not function with the device. We tried several methods but unfortunately it does not seem to be working correctly. NCQ will help with high Queue Depth situations, especially in regards to random file access. Hopefully RAIDon will address the issue in future firmware updates. That is a nice feature of the device as well. It will allow the firmware to be upgraded so that as the product matures you can upgrade.
The casual user will never notice the difference under normal scenarios and it really only shows in synthetic benchmarks. As shown in our testing it has little to no impact in real world usage. Unless a user was to be using this in a server-type environment the issue would not affect performance.
For enterprise users on-the-go, or average home users alike, the HyBrid RunneR is a great deal and it is very competitively priced.
The acceleration to the drive with the SSD installed is just phenomenal, and the added data duplication is an excellent feature for those concerned with data security.
Overall the HyBrid RunneR is an excellent concept and a device that works very well. It truly does blur the line between SSD and HDD, giving you the very best of both worlds in one package.
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