Not so many years ago, the lightning fast speeds of solid state mass storage were once only the realm of the military and enterprise, or ‘enthusiast’, for whom money is often object when seeking top performance. Flash forward now past the end of the first quarter of 2012, and we are finally seeing prices drop to less than the ‘$1 per gig ‘ price point, making SSDs a much more of an affordable option, even as their performance increases to previously unheard of speeds. Though more affordable than ever, the SSDs of today are still not ‘mass storage’ enough for many.
"Purchase a small SDD for your operating system, and use an old mechanical HDD for storage" you say? This works for the tech savvy among us, or those willing to either reinstall their operating system to the new, untried SSD, or ‘cloning’ the existing OS, moving, then linking to one’s data on the larger, cheaper, tried and true machanical HDD.
But what if you could achieve SSD-like performance without disturbing your existing operation system and data, on your inexpensive, roomy, tried and true mechanical hard drive?
Enter the Crucial Adrenaline. Technically called a Solid State Cache drive, the Adrenaline is essentially the SSD component to create a hybrid drive, comprising an HDD and SSD, giving you the best of both worlds in terms of performance and storage capacity. The wave of the future? Perhaps. Can the Adrenaline meet our expectations though? Let’s find out.