I’ve been running Condusiv 1.3.2. version since April 30th, 2014. ReadyCache was bought on April 29th and both the SSD and 1.3.2 were installed on the 30th.
System is a HP.Compaq dx2300 business minitower with two SATA HDDs. OS drive is SATA II, whislt the other drive is SATA III. All system SATA ports are SATA II.
Drive C is SATA 0, DVD-ROM is SATA 1, Drive E is SATA 2, and the Sandisk SSD ReadyCache drive is SATA 3.
Original configuration was as above, and original ReadyCache setting was 28.92 GB.
Worked fine most of the first day, until Acronis ran the daily image backup @ 5:00 AM. Then the cache went from ~6.00 GB to max several times in only 60 minutes and reduced to ~23-27 GB and then finally settled down.
I’m sorry, but removing Acronis is not an option. There was, and is, clearly a cause and effect on system and SSD performance after the imaging software is run.
Experimentation via reducing the formatted cache size is still ongoing. I’ve tried 8.00 GB (recommended by Sandisk tech support), 23.00 GB, and now 16.55 GB currently. With 8 GB, no windows system logo hang was noted, 23 GB sometimes, and now, with 16.55 GB I’m hoping for some stable operation w/o system freezes or logo hangs on boot or restart.
Seems to me the issue I’m seeing is that there are no options within the Condusiv software to ignore data generated by Acronis True Image or any imaging software when a daily backup is done. I see the same sort of uptick in total system and cache reads.when the a/v program or Malwarebytes is told to do a manual scan, but this data does not need to be cached for any of these programs to run, so why is there no option in the Condusiv software to tell the drive to not cache this data?
It’s not possible to anticipate every possible configuration a consumer will have on their system, and also all data generated by any system does not have to be cached in order for a SSD cache drive to perform satisfactorily; one should be able to exclude certain types of program activity (active file scanning by antimalware programs or imaging programs in this case) from the cache drive. Reason this is so, is because the data generated by these sort of programs always seem to have a negative performance impact on the SSD drive. (The fact that this SSD is of older technology does not help.)
Condusive does not, and has not, offered this option. Wish I’d known that before I bought the product. Offering this option would go a long way in customer perception and satisfaction and make the promise of a faster, more stable, more reliable system more possible for everyone.
It should be perfect for an older system, and when it works as it should, it’s great.
But here one size does not fit all, and there has to be a way to fit the software to the actual system configuration and differing customer needs.
Offering this option alone would take care of the LBA backlog and tabling issues, and minimize cache resets. It’s the logo hang that is the most bothersome to me, so for now I’m working with the 16.55 GB volume size which should eliminate the logo hang forever. With the proper exclusions available, it should be possible to run the SSD at 29.82 GB and have the expected speed and operation,and cache size one paid for.
As it is, it is not possible unless one formats the drive to ~16 GB, as other users have posted here.
Will Condusiv consider making such options available in the next oem release? Will they make it happen? I think it is certainly worth a try as a beta release. If that works, then go oem.