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How many screw ups have you had with MaxVeloSSD?

None - very happy with it:0
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A lot but I still use it:0
So many I gave up:1
wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
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2/16/2020
wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
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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

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edited by wayland sothcott on 16/02/2020
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bodo
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2/16/2020
bodo
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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.
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wayland sothcott
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2/16/2020
wayland sothcott
wayland sothcott
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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.
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