SilverStone HDDBOOST
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-16-2010
Provided by: SilverStone
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First Look / Installation


On the inside of the HDDBOOST Backplate we see the SATA Power and SATA HD connection. The SSD simply plugs in and screws come up from the bottom. On the outside, the top SATA port outputs to your motherboard's SATA header while the lower port goes to the hard drive being “boosted.”


Installation was a snap thanks to the easy to follow connection diagram. The drive sits in the HDDBOOST and plugs directly into the backplane with the bottom screw holes lining up perfectly. The HDDBOOST fit just fine in the upper 3.5” bay I had available and installation took just a couple of minutes. The BIOS detected the HDDBOOST right away and we were able to boot normally into Windows without issue.


The first thing I did was install the HDDBOOST Utility so that I could monitor when the synchronization was complete. This is one area the manual was lacking. There was no clear time frame for how long it would or should take to mirror the hard drive. The only thing the manual said was the synchronization would begin within seconds.

Reviewing drive activity, it wasn't a solid cloning like I expected, so it was hard to tell what the device was actually doing. The utility wasn't clear on this either. There were buttons for Starting/Stopping a manual sync but little clarification of what time frame to expect. They do however have an option to update the firmware from within this utility, making it easy to bump up to the latest revision.

It took close to three hours to get the synchronization status to “normal.” Checking around I have seen others say they got to this status much faster so I am not sure why it took so long for a 60gb drive.

I do like how the utility shows the exact model and serial number of the drives being synchronized. Oddly enough, the utility would not allow me to update the firmware prior to the synchronization being completed, so I am not sure how you are supposed to follow SilverStone's recommendation.

Let's move ahead and see how the HDDBOOST stacks up under benchmark testing.


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