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We understand you're interested in accelerating your system using Intel® Optane™ Memory. Based on your system specifications and the usage you described, this technology will be able to boost your overall performance quite noticeably.
Since Optane™ Memory works by accelerating your boot time and most used applications, gaming and programs such as Photoshop* were a big part of our focus when developing this technology. The fact that your data is mostly stored on your essentials HDD will not affect anything.
Now, while it is true that if your Optane™ Memory module fails it will leave your boot drive inaccessible through the usual means, the Optane™ software constantly monitors your accelerated volume's health. The software will be able warn you ahead of time in most cases, displaying one of the following error messages:
"Your system drive is starting to degrade. Disable Intel® Optane™ memory to avoid data loss."
"Your Intel® Optane™ memory module is starting to degrade. Disable Intel® Optane™ memory to avoid data loss."
Aside from the Optane™ Memory software, you can also use the Intel® SSD Toolbox to monitor your module's health and estimated life remaining.
We hope this information helps. If you still have questions, feel free to let us know.
Thank you very much for the information.
The Optane Memory hardware failure affecting the paired drive was a big issue to me, but now that there is a warning system in place, I feel safer.
I am now convinced to give Intel Optane Technology a go.
Thank you again.
EDIT: I decided to try the following: Make my Essentials HDD as a boot drive to be accelerated by Optane Memory, and make my current boot SSD as a secondary Essentials HDD.
You can also go the unofficial version by installing older RST drivers and using the Optane Memory as a standard Smart Response Technology device. Tomshardware used it that way to test Optane + NVMe SSD, which is not supported by the current Optane Memory application.
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Hello nmdelrio, Hello DavidC2,
Switching your SSD to your essentials possition is a smart move. Even though SATA SSDs can still be accelerated through our supported methods, making this switch will ensure that you have both a fast boot drive thanks to your Optane™ memory, and a fast storage drive since it's an SSD.
While the unofficial method of using the Smart Response Technology (SRT) can be helpful if your system does not meet the Optane™ Memory Acceleration requirements, it's really not worth it if your system is supported. The Optane™ Memory algorithm is much smarter than SRT's.
Using an NVMe drive (Optane™ Memory) to boost another NVMe drive is specially not worth it, since you can only go as fast as the fastest of the two.
HDD+Optane Memory is not as fast all the time compared to a dedicated NVMe SSD though. And as a boot drive the times where performance difference is shown will be more often.
You guys need to just enable being able to use Optane Memory caching on a secondary drive. Oh, and I think it should be able to be used on Pentium-based platforms at least, if not Celeron. It's a good budget conscious performance device. Otherwise the market impact might remain small.