Summary: OCZ was very helpful in replacing the Synaple ssd but I will never use it with the Dataplex sw on one of PCs again. The drive is so small, only 30 G of useable that I couldn't use it for anything. I was going to just throw it away. I did end up being able to use the drive on a new build I did for my wife as a boot drive. Bottom line just get a regular ssd drive and don't try to make this drive/sw do what you hope it will.
Pros: When everything works together it does what is advertised.
Cons: The software leaves a lot to be desired. I had and work to keep a stable computer so I was surprised with how many times the software would have a problem. Always required two reboots to re enable the software. First you have to disable the software and reboot. Then re able the software and do another reboot. Now back to normal except the catch is now empty and the next time you start one of your programs you are at the main HHD speed. But one day I logged of windows ...
Summary: So far, so good. The installation process is fairly easy. The only odd thing is that the drive is not recognized at its full capacity. I contacted OCZ support and this is the response I received: "The Synapse Series features 50% NAND flash over-provisioning so only half of the drive will be detected by Windows.The 50% NAND overprovisioning used on all Synapse models (translating into 32GB and 64GB cache capacities) is maintained as a performance feature to increase the...
Summary: It seems sketchy, if not outright dishonest, to sell a product with limitations this severe without publishing them anywhere other than in documentation shipped with the product. Again, had I known this would make my drive invisible to other OSes and recovery software, I would not have purchased this product. It's also worth mentioning that similar caching software exists for Linux which doesn't have these limitations.
Pros: Relatively easy to install -- there's a nice wizard to take you through everything in Windows. Performance increase is dramatic. I'm going to miss that. Uninstallation is similarly quick and easy. After this, you just have your old, slow hard drive back the way it was.
Cons: Pretty much everything else about the software. Requires a product key, which is silly and obnoxious. I have a physical piece of hardware that this came with! Checking the manual confirms that if I upgrade my hardware too much at once, it may invalidate my license. There is a manual and a text document called "LIMITATIONS.txt", neither of which I could find until I actually had the product and had downloaded the software. Here is (abbreviated) the main limitations for...
Summary: The product was received without any instructions in a box that looked like it was a refurbish unit instead of a new unit. The Dataplex software would not recognize the drive as a Cache drive. It kept saying it was not supported. When called OCZ, we wasted 5 days in emails back an forth because they did not understand the problem. Finally the tech said to request a replacement. Well, the return item options for this drive here does not give an option for replacement.
Summary: To be fair, it does say that it is a Cache drive, but without a clear explanation of how that differs from any other SSD. It should be filed under Flash Drives, not Hard Drives.
Pros: It came with a rebate, so my mistake was less costly than it could have been.
Cons: Did not understand that this can only be used as a Cache Drive and not for the OS installation Drive. Not sure why someone would want to buy this device, but I guess there must be a reason. Seems expensive for a glorified Flash Drive. It's so light, I am not even sure it will make a decent paperweight...
Warning! The accompanying software does NOT work with a secondary drive!
P. M. Rowley, Amazon
17 July 2012
Summary: I bought these drives (2 64GB Synapse) in order to speed up disk/file access on two machines that have Windows 7 installed on small SSDs, but everything else is on spinning metal. Big mistake. After being directed to download the software, I noticed a LIMITATIONS link. Yep, the software is currently only capable of caching the boot drive. The machines in question are P67 motherboards, so Intel Caching is not an option.