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Fusion Drives for Windows?

Recently, I found out it’s relatively easy to turn a platter drive and an SSD into a Fusion Drive on any Mac, which was convenient as I had torn out the optical drive in favor of a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD for my MacBookPro8,1 some time ago. A quick Time Machine backup and a few console commands later and I was off to the races with what I called my Fauxion Drive.

The results were astounding. The system never hesitates to perform any action, but I also no longer have to deal with manually managing where files and applications live, which earlier was accomplished with a number of symlinks to spaces on my platter drive. I speculate this has also led to better battery life, as individual, oft-accessed files that would have lived on the “data” drive have been implicitly cached to the SSD, allowing the HDD to spin down. Also writes are all implicitly cached in a 4GB tier on the SSD, meaning the HDD is conservatively touched for all writes. In short: this is the system I’ve always wanted, here, today.

It’s now time for me to change my Windows PC into a Steam Box: an appliance-like installation of Windows 8 meant for using Steam in Big Picture Mode. I have no intention of manually managing storage between HDD and SSD ever again. So I’m on the hunt for solutions on the Windows/PC side.

During the announcement of Apple’s Fusion Drive, I heard a number of PC enthusiasts/observers indicate that this kind of technology has been around for a while, and the Fusion Drive is nothing new or astounding. As the owner of a Seagate Momentus XT1, I knew that certainly wasn’t what I was looking for, but was curious about the other offerings.

On the radar immediately is Intel’s SRT, or Smart Response Technology, which comes with some notable restrictions, most damningly it will require me to purchase a new motherboard, as it is limited to very new Ivy Bridge chipsets2. With Haswell peeking its head around the corner, I’m loathed to upgrade a component that will be obsolete within the coming months3, meaning I suppose I’m on the hunt for a software solution.

On the software side, I can find reference to Windows ReadyDrive, which was apparently built into Windows Vista, though I can find little information about actually using it. Worse yet, that appears to be my only option; there do not appear to be software-level solutions for creating a Fusion Drive-esque construct in Windows.

So here’s my plea, tumblr: if Fusion Drive is really just repackaged old tech, how do I get my heads on some of this sweet old tech for a retrofit Steam Box?


  1. In fact, it’s currently paired with the 830. Writes are not cached, and the SSD tier is limited to 4-8GB, which is a fraction of the OS itself. 

  2. And the Z68 Sandy Bridge chipset. 

  3. Haswell brings with it a compatibility-breaking socket change, the LGA 1150, opposed to the presently-used LGA 1155

parislemon:

Apple’s vision for the future of computing versus Microsoft’s vision for the future of computing.

Any questions?

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On Support

In America, the length of contract we have come to accept is two years. If you want a phone, you get on a two-year plan. In fact, the only carrier that makes not doing this worthwhile is T-Mobile with its “Even More Plus” plan, which gives you a discount on unsubsidized phones. All other carriers offer the same prices on their plans if your phone is subsidized or not.

With that as a backdrop you can see why I’d be concerned about the length of time companies feel it is acceptable to support the hardware that they release.

The Droid Eris launched on Verison’s network on November 6, 2009. The final update for the phone was pushed in mid-July. That means my phone went out of support a mere nine months after release. HTC has anti-committed to our hardware, capping us forever at Android 2.1.

Compare that to Apple: the first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The last upgrade it was eligible for was 3.1.3, released on February 2, 2010, meaning Apple supported the device for almost two and a half years, definitely outside the range of a subsidized contract.

Again, I don’t doubt that most of my problems with Android stem from the fact that this phone was some sort of weird Hero carry-over that HTC was done with before I bought it. That said, I doubt I’m the only person feeling a little burned by HTC’s lack of commitment to its hardware and furthermore its customers. This may not be my last Android device, but it is without a doubt going to be my last HTC device.