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SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Cache Only Solid State Drive (SSD) With Upgrade Kit- SDSSDRC-032G-G26 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Cache Only Solid State Drive (SSD) With Upgrade Kit- SDSSDRC-032G-G26
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 268 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.2   below average
Speed4.0   below average
Installation3.6   below average
Windows3.6   average
Boot3.1   below average
Cache3.1   average


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Boot

Boot:
"It does what it is designed to do, but i find the pop up when your pc boots very annoying and there is no way to disable that"
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"There were no boot up problems."
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"If you are not expecting this, you will think that the boot is failing."
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"Don't panic, the computer will eventually boot still but when it does, I get an error message saying that the ReadyCache has been reset."
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"Physically, its a pretty cheap feeling device, all plastic and somewhat flimsy feeling to boot."
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"I have a 7200rm 1TB HDD on a gaming system and was mostly frustrated with my long boot times, and loading times for iTunes, Opera, and various other programs I use alot."
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"Have to boot safe mode and clear cache."
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"Great add-on to any system, speeds up boot time......"
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"I see a great improvement in Windows boot times."
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"I have a laptop with a sad & and hdd basically same deal and it boots up decent, that joint is running w8.1."
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"I purchased this because my two terabyte hard drive had too much data to easily create a small ssd boot drive without re-installing Windows."
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Cache

Cache:
"Please note that Ready Cache is NOT compatible with Windows 10.Sandisk advertises it as being compatible with Windows 7 and 8, which I found it to be, but if you're thinking of utilizing it with Windows 10 I'd suggest waiting and seeing if the Manufacturer ever manages to make it work with Windows 10."
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"I posted a question to the SanDisk forum and got an answer saying ExpressCache (the cache software) is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS Dynamic Disks to which Windows converts basic or simple disks when mirroring is turned on."
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"PROS:* Quick and simple installation (assuming you're comfortable poking around your tower's innards) -- the documentation was clear and simple to follow; I only had a hiccup with securing the drive simply because my desktop had an awkward setup, but I found a suitable workaround -- and my Win7 machine recognized it installed drivers without incident* The software was up and running with a matter of minutes after the disk installation* Caching definitely sped up boot time and the access times of a number of my programs (ranging from Photoshop to my word processor to my browser and several others in between) -- to offer an example, pre-SSD Caching, it would require 60-90 minutes for a full boot; post-SSD caching, my system is up and ready in under 15 secondsNEUTRALS:* It takes several restarts before it learns your computing habits (i. e. builds up its cache)* The software is very rough around the edges and, really, there's only one option available: clear cacheCONS:* You don't have fine-grain control over what's cached and what's not or their priority* Several times, the caching caused hiccups with my system and in those cases, I had to clear the cache and let it relearn my computing habits from scratchWhile this may not compare with running an SSD system, it definitely makes a noticeable difference in terms of sped on a standard SATA system."
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"A problem i seem to have with the ready cache is that my pc will discover it, start caching and then for no apparent reason it suddenly disappears, only to reappear and start caching again from scratch a few reboots later."
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"On the other hand, it's nice that it is used primarily for redundancy, since I have already lost the cache once (my caddy had a faulty connection) and I didn't end up losing any data."
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"Still, it can only cache one active hard drive partition booting Windows 7 or 8.Some folks on the Sandisk forum are experiencing slowdowns and boot delays as the cache approaches full, starting when the cache reaches 23 to 26 Gb of the 29+ Gb available for storage, but it's not clear if this is a fixable thing, a consequence of different often used LBA's 'bumping' some of the boot sequence LBA's, or just necessary cache 'housekeeping' overhead -- I've seen these delays myself but they are no big deal (IMO), overall system performance with the cache is still superior to no cache, and my hard drive(s) have a reduced workload for longer life."
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"Have to boot safe mode and clear cache."
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"PROS:* Quick and simple installation (assuming you're comfortable poking around your tower's innards) -- the documentation was clear and simple to follow; I only had a hiccup with securing the drive simply because my desktop had an awkward setup, but I found a suitable workaround -- and my Win7 machine recognized it installed drivers without incident* The software was up and running with a matter of minutes after the disk installation* Caching definitely sped up boot time and the access times of a number of my programs (ranging from Photoshop to my word processor to my browser and several others in between) -- to offer an example, pre-SSD Caching, it would require 60-90 minutes for a full boot; post-SSD caching, my system is up and ready in under 15 secondsNEUTRALS:* It takes several restarts before it learns your computing habits (i. e. builds up its cache)* The software is very rough around the edges and, really, there's only one option available: clear cacheCONS:* You don't have fine-grain control over what's cached and what's not or their priority* Several times, the caching caused hiccups with my system and in those cases, I had to clear the cache and let it relearn my computing habits from scratchWhile this may not compare with running an SSD system, it definitely makes a noticeable difference in terms of sped on a standard SATA system."
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"My pc is 7 years old and uses sata 2 ports, whereas the ready cache is sata 3 (which is backwards compatible, so shouldn't be a problem)... Long story short..."
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"I have been enjoying an SSD cache on my ThinkPad laptop, also using SanDisk software."
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"Like I said, I have been enjoying the SSD cache on my laptop so I already know the performance benefits."
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Installation

Installation:
"The only hiccup was the installation took a long time to start."
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"(I got errors during installation)."
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"The only caveat to installing in a notebook is this must be installed as a 2nd hard drive (as it acts as a cache for the primary hard drive), and most sub-17 notebooks only have one HDD bay."
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"I've since moved on to Windows 8, and didn't actually try it there, I uninstalled the device before installing Windows 8, as I didn't want to run into problems."
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"If you are going to go through all the hassle and risk you should be installing a caching drive that is at least twice this size and preferably four times as big."
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"Everything is up to date and the computer has been operating with no glitches prior to installation of the ReadyCache."
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"PROS:* Quick and simple installation (assuming you're comfortable poking around your tower's innards) -- the documentation was clear and simple to follow; I only had a hiccup with securing the drive simply because my desktop had an awkward setup, but I found a suitable workaround -- and my Win7 machine recognized it installed drivers without incident* The software was up and running with a matter of minutes after the disk installation* Caching definitely sped up boot time and the access times of a number of my programs (ranging from Photoshop to my word processor to my browser and several others in between) -- to offer an example, pre-SSD Caching, it would require 60-90 minutes for a full boot; post-SSD caching, my system is up and ready in under 15 secondsNEUTRALS:* It takes several restarts before it learns your computing habits (i. e. builds up its cache)* The software is very rough around the edges and, really, there's only one option available: clear cacheCONS:* You don't have fine-grain control over what's cached and what's not or their priority* Several times, the caching caused hiccups with my system and in those cases, I had to clear the cache and let it relearn my computing habits from scratchWhile this may not compare with running an SSD system, it definitely makes a noticeable difference in terms of sped on a standard SATA system."
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"It's virtually painless installation."
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"Installation went easily - most of the time was just opening the case and finding room for the drive."
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"Day one, the installation went very easy."
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"After installing this I was able to see immediate speed improvements."
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Price

Price:
"Physically, its a pretty cheap feeling device, all plastic and somewhat flimsy feeling to boot."
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"Not really much to complain about for the price though! "
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"if money isnt an problem, a true SSD will of course be a little faster and way more featured, meaning you manually choose what to put on it, caching just takes your most used files and puts them on the SSD temporarily and moves it around if you start using something else more often, so it is always changing, but downside to that is it might waste space with files that don't really need speed such as music or video files if you play them often."
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"If there are any changes in my satisfaction level in the future I will leave an update, but for now I would say it was money well spent."
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"But now that SSD prices are lower, I'd recommend instead spending $100 on a 250GB SSD - put Windows on it, and just games with demanding load times."
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"Great price and fast shipping, item is exactly as described."
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"Fits my os nicely- theres just enough space at a reaaonable price"
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"If, on the other hand, you have want to quickly acquire SSD speed at a low price, this is great purchase."
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Speed

Speed:
"The most important feature is that you can simply add this SSD to any Windows 7 or Windows 8 8.1 computer and get a big performance boost with no hassles or changes to your existing setup."
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"Running XP, the pile of junk was to slow to be of any use."
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"Next I wanted to test a certain game, I used guild wars 2 for this test, from the moment I clicked on the icon to the time my character was in the map, that includes logging in and clicking on the character, noted I made sure to type at the same speed when putting in my password and click on the icons I need to click on at the same speed, these are the results...1st try: 1:062nd try: 0:363rd try: 0:33now the readycache drive is advertised to open programs up to 12 times faster, unfortunately in the case of gw2 it was only twice as fast (still a considerable difference) but that's not to say that it cant open programs as fast as advertised, considering the difference it made to my start-up times I'm pretty much 100% sure those claims of 12 times faster are true, if not understated."
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"My performance is terrible."
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"The problem was simply getting data from my HDD fast enough to boot at a good speed."
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"Both run clean and speed up everything nicely, no complaints."
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"I believe it's a good bang for your buck considering the great increase in performance."
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"Great add-on to any system, speeds up boot time......"
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"The drive is working great and has definitely boosted performance and startups."
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"By far the easiest way to get a boost in speed without having to install an SSD as your main drive."
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"If you want to spend the time shifting to an SSD as your main drive, go for it, but to literally drop this in and see a performance increase - well worth it."
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Windows

Windows:
"Please note that Ready Cache is NOT compatible with Windows 10.Sandisk advertises it as being compatible with Windows 7 and 8, which I found it to be, but if you're thinking of utilizing it with Windows 10 I'd suggest waiting and seeing if the Manufacturer ever manages to make it work with Windows 10."
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"I posted a question to the SanDisk forum and got an answer saying ExpressCache (the cache software) is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS Dynamic Disks to which Windows converts basic or simple disks when mirroring is turned on."
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"Users complained about ReadyCache not working since Windows 10 Technical Preview (released 6 month ago) and Sandisk did not bother to update the software in time for official Windows 10 release."
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"First Windows gave me an error with the device, latter I had to disconnect the device and repair Windows so it can boot."
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"It worked well for me with both Windows 7 and 8, and if you're satisfied you're not going to use it with Windows 10, I'd give it five stars."
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"Very nice but would hang Windows 7 at around 20GB."
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"Pros:This is easy to use and works with Windows 7 and 8 (many of the other similar caching drives only work on 7)."
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"But now that SSD prices are lower, I'd recommend instead spending $100 on a 250GB SSD - put Windows on it, and just games with demanding load times."
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