The Hybrid HDD - mSATA SSD is a special one port SATA III PCI-e host controller combined with a mSATA (mini SATA) SSD slot. The controller can be configured to operate in either hybrid mode or standard mode. In Hybrid mode, the controller enhances the performance of any ordinary SATA hard drive by the faster speed of an mSATA SSD (Solid State Drive). This significantly improves the boot up time of your system as well as the overall read/write performance of the hard drive, great for storage IO intensive applications such as gaming, video editing, CAD/CAM or high performance workstations. For more detail on how the hybrid mode operates and the benefit, please click on the following link to read the white paper from Marvell, the ASIC engine supplier for this controller.
In standard mode, the connected mSATA SSD and the SATA hard drive can be set up to operate as two individual drives or combined to form a RAID 0 or RAID 1 group . The SATA port is port multiplier compatible and is SATA III compliant with maximum throughput up to 6Gbps.
When operate in the standard mode, the controller can be used for the following applications:
|mSATA SSD Standalone||Marvell HyperDuo (mSATA SSD+ HDD)||HDD standalone|
HDD score only
|Micron 256GB 6G/s||Capacity Mode||Safe Mode||WD 1TB 6G/s|
*To achieve the maximum throughput, the PCI-Express slot must be version 2.0 or higher. Older system with PCI-Express 1.0 slot will limit the speed to 2.5 Gbps. In standard mode, performance per port may decrease under individual drive configuration if both ports are transferring data simultaneously due to the limited throughput of the PCI-Express slot. Please visit following web page for more information of ExpressCard v1.0 and v2.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
** Hot swapping hard drive has been tested on Windows OS only.
Hybrid HDD - SSD Controller and Hybrid HDD - mSATA SSD Controller driver and management utility for all Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.