SSD Boost Manager and “Need More Space (or Speed) on Your SSD?” Recap

Chances are that if you’re using a SSD as a boot drive for your OS then you probably have run into many occurrences where space is a constraint. This is especially common if your SSD is lower in capacity, so a workaround for this nuisance is to prioritize and keep only a few programs or games on the solid state drive.

Well SSD Boost Manager moves programs or any data between a SSD and traditional HDD in just a few clicks. It allows you to move a file on or off the solid state, and lets you preserve the performance when you launch the allocated applications. SBM not only simply moves the files or folders, but also creates junction links to the new location – this way Windows will still think all files are still in the same location, while it’s actually on the slower drive or vice versa.

Few things to mention due to the native language of the program not being English are that after you carry out an install, you will have to start the junction program listed in the Start menu before launching SSD Boost Manager because it requires admin rights. Once the junction has started already, then initiate SBM and toggle the EN button on the top right on the Window so you get proper translations unless you’re good at French.

To move a new program:

  • Click on “Add” then pick a name, and in the “Directory” line, browse to its location (either on the SSD or regular drive)
  • Under “Dir SSD”, browse to the location you want to move it (again, either on SSD or HDD)
  • Keep the rest of the options on their default values unless you know what you’re doing

There is no limit to the number of profiles you create for the programs you move, and when you decide to move them back – just double click on their respective entries on their entry in SSD Boost Manager’s main window. The program will copy the files, create the junction, and now maintaining space on your SSD would be that much easier not to say this isn’t possible if done manually.

We included a link to the translated homepage here as well.

VSPC also showcased articles previously on how to optimize and improve usability of your SSD, check out the following links:

WD Releases Industry’s First 3TB HD

Just yesterday, Western Digital introduced the world’s first ever highest capacity drive, as they broke the 2TB mark and came clear with a 3TB, 5th gen Caviar Green. This drive boasts spacious storage, reduced power draw, lower operating temperatures, and whisper quiet operation as well. There are some drawbacks, however.

For those who are still running Windows XP, your system(s) won’t be able to make use of the full 3TB at the moment. This is because legacy operating system, with the conjunction of a older BIOS and MBR (master boot record), will be capped at 2.19TB. More recent motherboards with a BIOS (non-UEFI), GPT ready OSs like 64-bit of Windows 7, and using correct storage class drivers can address this restriction.

On top of the cap on available space, there are a number of HBA (host bus adapter) and chipset vendors that don’t offer specific driver support for these larger capacity drives. As a workaround for this, WD was so kind to bundle an HBA PCIe card with the Caviar Green 3TB drives which in turn will allow the host operating environment to use a known driver that will appropriately accommodate these larger capacity drives. Hit up the reviews below to see if it deserves almost two-and-a-half of your hard earned Benjamins ($240 to be exact).