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6/11/2020
Topic:
Persistent memory direct access mode

rluker5
rluker5
Posts: 1
When I am setting up a VeloFull cache, I see a checkbox with "Persistent memory direct access mode" next to it.
I have a chipset configured raid 0 volume of 3 sata ssds that I am using my 900p Optane os boot drive as a cache for. I am also using a ram cache for the same raid 0 volume.

Optane is persistent memory. Direct access mode is the best possible use for it. Is there any way I can use VeloFull to cache my sata raid volume in direct access mode on my pcie based persistent memory?

I am running Windows 10 1909, but would be willing to switch to any version. I do not have access to Optane dimms however and am concerned this is the issue as I don't have Intel's hardware and driver framework in place to run direct access mode Intel style.

If the Intel hardware/driver framework is necessary for VeloFull "Persistent memory direct access mode" to function, is it better to leave this option unchecked?
5/17/2020
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
I would not say for me that it crashes all the time but that when it does crash there is a big problem. The last one I still had running crashed in March. It was late March when I was able to visit. I simply removed the SSD and then the system was able to boot and run from the HDD but obviously very slowly. That's how I left it. I know from experience that no attempt should be made to remove or re-install MaxVeloSSD since this will corrupt the system and lose all the files. I have since tried PrimoCache. It's not as fast but it does not seem to screw up. Too expensive though. For the money could be spent on a bigger SSD.

I will try the next version of MaxVeloSSD when it comes out. One day it might be reliable for me.
5/17/2020
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
A similar feature was removed in the current version.
It was too complex to configure for the users.
We are working on a new implementaion
that works full automatic.

Right now write caching in MaxVelossd can cause problems
but only in certain, rare and well known cases.
We are working on a solution and update the MaxVeloSSD and VeloRAM software.
However VeloSSD will update this coming week, update is ready.
5/17/2020
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

Edy Artzi
Edy Artzi
Posts: 1
Edy Artzi
Edy Artzi
Posts: 1
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
MaxVeloSSD crashes all the time.
Maybe if I could disable ram cache It wouldn't corrupt my files.
Is there a way to choose the metod of cache, between Write-through or
Write-around.
Thank you
4/9/2020
Topic:
Software not opening on first installation

idan3330@yahoo.com
idan3330@yahoo.com
Posts: 1
I have Bought a key, Then installed the software, But when opening it, I get the message "Pa gen kle enstalasyon" (Tanslated it in google, Says no installation key detected).
I have not had any window to input my key, And even after Re-installing several times, And restarting, Results are the same, I hope you can help me with this.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help solving it.
2/16/2020
Topic:
My review of MaxVeloSSD

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
Hello Bodo,

I have been really trying to make use of MaxVeloSSD because I believe in what the product ought to be. At least for me it's been letting me down almost every time I use it and what's worse letting my customers down. My son says he is perfectly happy with it on his Windows 7 system running on RYZEN 3 with a 240GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB HDD as C: He really is the only one who seems happy.

As I say in my review, now is the time for using small SSD to speed up an existing HDD.

I have just now rebuilt the machine that made a mess of Fortnite onto a 240GB SSD with no MaxVeloSSD and the customer is now gaming. Admittedly a Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz is maxed out but it is playing.
2/16/2020
Topic:
My review of MaxVeloSSD

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: My review of MaxVeloSSD
I have been playing Fortnite quite a while on machines with MaxVeloSSD.
I know that Epic Software will crash the machine if you attach a debugger ( windbg ) ok ?
Never saw gfx trash whilke playing.
Software like that ( as far as i know ) has content protection. It will not run if the content is changed / not original.

Creative post, and really long. Thanks Wayland.
2/16/2020
Topic:
My review of MaxVeloSSD

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
The promise of MaxVeloSSD is that your existing clunky old hard drive will perform like an SSD simply by the addition of an SSD to the PC and this software. Indeed it is that easy to set up and the benefits are instantly apparent. I have achieved SSD boot up and program loading times from an existing HDD system. In fact I think programs load even faster with this than they do with a straight SSD. It's amazing, it's fantastic, it's easy to install and it's good value.

However (there's always a butt for butt lovers) the honeymoon period is soon over. The SSD never seems to rest. If the computer crashes for some reason and you have to switch off you will lose a heck of a lot more than before you fitted the cache. Windows 10 especially may endlessly try to repair. The solution to get you running again is to disconnect the SSD then boot up. Windows may wish to do some repairs but they will be successful and your computer will work, but without the cache.

The mistake I have made twice is to reconnect the SSD having got the machine back. This is fatal. The computer then enters an endless login cycle and never gets to the desktop. Disconnecting the SSD does no good, the damage has been done and the machine endlessly carries on in this loop. The only way to reconnect the SSD is to disconnect the HDD and boot to a USB stick that can format the SSD. I used Mint Linux but any way to format the SSD will work. The contents of that must be destroyed or MaxVeloSSD will pick up where it left off and screw itself.

I had thought that these problems would go away if I set the cache to 'write through'. This is where it writes normally to the HDD and only uses the cache for reading. Unfortunately I think this setting is ignored since the same thing happens.

Still determined to use MaxVeloSSD I installed windows on a large SSD and had a large HDD as D: drive. I told the cache to speed up D: thinking well at least it can't screw up Windows. You guessed it, D: got screwed up.

The particular use case was installing Epic Games Fortnite. I told the Epic Launcher to put Fortnite on D:. The game ran very erratically with large sections of textures and surfaces failing to load.

We are living in a period of transition from spinning hard disk drives to solid state drives. Both storage formats are quite affordable now. For any normal office computer a 240GB SSD will replace a hard drive with no problems quite affordably. Although it's easier to buy the biggest one and clone the existing hard drive onto it. SSDs of 120GB and smaller are a bit tight for replacing a hard drive but are cheap as chips. If MaxVeloSSD was a reliable solution then right now they could be fitted to millions of old PCs.

That time is rapidly drawing to an end. Last week I fitted 500GB SSDs replacing 500GB HDD. The customer was perfectly happy with the price and I am perfectly confident they won't screw up. The server market may still be interested in using SSDs to cache 6TB hard drives but to be honest they are moving to SSDs too. We do have near infinite storage but we don't have infinite time to wait for them. Caching only speeds up frequently used files where as storing all on SSD speeds up all access.

I will keep an eye on developments at Elite but I don't think I will be using caching.
If they ever make it reliable it will be the best thing ever.

Thanks,
Wayland

Please answer my poll above
edited by wayland sothcott on 16/02/2020
1/21/2020
Topic:
BSOD with partmgr.sys

systema
systema
Posts: 1
Hi all,

I have attempted to install VeloSSD (personal edition) on a few computers with Windows 10 pro 64 bit freshly installed. Both computers were able to set up the cache - however, both devices BSOD with partmgr.sys at the second restart after setting up the cache. Removing the cache drive would return the computers to normal but the cache will be deleted. Please advise if there are any fix available - version of VeloSSD I was using is 3.0.2.0
12/14/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
Hello Bodo,

Thank you for working on this. MaxVeloSSD is such a great tool I want to use it to speed up computers all over the place. I will be trying this tomorrow on an existing Windows 7 machine. By the way I could not register with the key because it says the server was off line.
12/14/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
Hello,
MaxVeloSSD 3.5.0.2 and VeloSSD 3.0.2.0 both with the BSOD fix are public online now. I thank the contributors of this forum for their valuable work.
12/10/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
I have this new MaxVeloSSD Setup here, it is tested to remove old Installation and avoid BSOD but alpha quality.
The quality of the cache is release quality and got optimized speed as mentioned earlier.
https://www.elitebytes.com/downloads/MaxVeloSSD3.5.0.2Setup.exe

It is not public yet. Please post your experience with the infamous BSOD issue reported here.

instructions:
If you have existing cache then it will need to run 3 times and reboot each time.
If not 2 times , or if it is installed on a new system 1 run is enough.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
Well Done Eric!!!

I've not tried this yet but I do have a machine that has the old version so I will know tomorrow.

Bodo, please take note. I expect this could be built into the uninstall command.

Also worth noting is that having downloaded a huge amount of data using Valve Steam the computer crashed launching a game whilst the SSD data was still being written to HDD. When Windows 10 came back up it was not happy and would not repair. The solution was to disconnect the SSD. Windows 10 was then able to repair on next boot. To get the cache running again Velo had to be told not to use the SSD and the SSD had to be formatted outside of Windows (Linux Mint live USB).

It would be good if MaxVelo could disabled itself for these instances and not require me to pull the wire off the SSD.

My solution to prevent this is to switch to write through cache so there is nothing on the SSD waiting to go on the HDD.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

Eric Teague
Eric Teague
Posts: 4
Eric Teague
Eric Teague
Posts: 4
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
Unfortunately, no service by that name is running. I also checked for "max" "velo", "SSD", "elite"and "byte".

My thought is that the service was partially uninstalled in the first attempt at using the uninstall feature and it left something behind.

---Update--- I got it to uninstall without BSOD and install after that. Here are the steps:

1. Using the SysInternals (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/) AutoRuns (pick 32 or 64 bit version), I disabled (unchecked) all MaxVelloSSD related items (see pic). The easiest way is to filter the results on the "Everything" tab for the word "max", then uncheck each relevant item.




2. No need to save after you uncheck the relevant items.

3. Reboot

4. Open AutoRuns, Filter for Max, and verify that they were indeed not running on reboot.

5. Uninstall MaxVeloSSD

6. Reboot

7. Install and setup MaxVeloSSD per your needs.

Merry Christmas smile
edited by Eric Teague on 12/8/2019
12/8/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
To remove an older version:
Go to Task Manager / Services and delete the service "MaxVeloSSD".
Reboot.
Then uninstall the software with windows. No BSOD can happen.

There is no warranty of any kind but we use this method and it worked.

You are right: we are busy because of Christmas and other things.
Updated setups are in work.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

Eric Teague
Eric Teague
Posts: 4
Eric Teague
Eric Teague
Posts: 4
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
I know that it's Christmas & you are likely busy but, I'm just checking in to see if any progress has been made in ID'ing the cause of the BSOD or a method that we could use to uninstall the old version in order to install the new version?
11/27/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
bodo wrote:
Ok , it is already in Windows 7. I just saw it happening. The OS BSODs (crashes) when it is called from the APP ( from _usermode_ (!!!) )
Need to work around it.


I'd be happy with a work around. So you can reproduce the problem which means you can find an answer. We'd all be delighted when this is fixed. I would very much like to fit massive hard drives with smallish SSDs caching them. Even better that I can just add an SSD to an existing system with your caching. I can't at the moment, it will break. If you'd like some diagnostic logs or something I'd be happy to help.
11/27/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
bodo
bodo
Administrator
Posts: 118
Topic: Blue screen v3.3
Ok , it is already in Windows 7. I just saw it happening. The OS BSODs (crashes) when it is called from the APP ( from _usermode_ (!!!) )
Need to work around it.
11/27/2019
Topic:
Download 3.4.1.0 keeps reporting update

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
bodo wrote:
Updates for all products are in final stages. Scheduled for December 2019.



I look forward to trying this out. This is the best caching for the computers I build if it would not blue screen. It's very fast and a sensible price. If it was any more money then it would make better sense to buy a bigger SSD than use caching.

120GB SSD £15
500GB HDD £10
MaxVelo £10
------------------
£35

480GB SSD
------------------
£45

It's a bit too close really.
11/27/2019
Topic:
Blue screen v3.3

wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
Posts: 19
Hello Bodo,

Eric's bug is not new. I had the same bug on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

The driver cannot be uninstalled.