Today we are going to have a look at SilverStone's HDDBOOST device. SilverStone produces a variety of products from cases and power supplies to coolers and storage enclosures. With the HDDBOOST, the basic concept is that we are combining the storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the speed capabilities of a solid-state drive. That alone would be a good reason to look into the HDDBOOST but furthermore this device is targeted at users who have an existing system and would like a speed increase but don't want to reinstall the operating system and start fresh. SilverStone claims that an existing host drive can see an increase in performance of up to 70%.
SilverStone didn't put a lot into the packaging, but it was snugly packed in the little box with a SATA cable, bag of screws, a manual, and the HDDBOOST adapter. The manual recommends going to their site and getting the latest firmware and the HDDBOOST utility. Obviously you will need two things to make this work: a SATA host drive and a SATA SSD. Remember that you will need an additional SATA power adapter for the HDDBOOST/SSD and a free 3.5” expansion bay. We are not only powering the HDDBOOST but an additional hard drive as well. Below is a list of specifications on the HDDBOOST borrowed from SilverStone's website.