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    Default ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    I'm getting one of these mob (ASRock Z87E-ITX) but wondered if the msata sdd can be used as a boot drive for the OS instead of just using it for caching ? I did search for about an hour but couldn't find a definitive answer.
    If I can only using the msata as a cache storage how much faster does it make the system ?
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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    It looks like you could use a mSATA SSD as the boot drive, as it shares the Intel SATA port #4 connection. You could download the board's manual from the ASRock website page for that board and see if it states you cannot boot from the mSATA port, but I don't see why not.

    As a cache drive for Windows on a standard HDD, it will be faster at booting and starting the programs you use most often, once the caching software "learns" what programs you use most often. It will be faster than any HDD, but not quite as fast as a SSD with Windows installed on it.

    For either use, I would not get less than a 64GB mSATA SSD, and if not being used for a cache, get the largest capacity you can.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    I've been using an mSATA SSD as a boot drive since day one with this board without issues.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    Cool thanks guys, I did download the manual but theres no info reg using as a boot drive.
    @ChronoDog, Thanks man, what msata drive did you go for btw ?
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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    A Crucial m4 256GB, it's in the specs :)

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    Doh, lol that will teach me not to click on the specs tab, Thanks for the reply ;)

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChronoDog View Post
    A Crucial m4 256GB, it's in the specs :)
    Not to hijack this thread, which has been answered IMO, but how do you like the mSATA M4? The standard M4 is a classic SSD, one of the best in the short history of SSDs. It should be running at SATA III speeds, right? Ever run a benchmark test on it?

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    Personally I'm looking at getting the Plextor 64GB mSATA as it's been getting good reviews\test scores, Also interested in how the Crucial m4 performs

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle1967 View Post
    Personally I'm looking at getting the Plextor 64GB mSATA as it's been getting good reviews\test scores, Also interested in how the Crucial m4 performs
    Steady state, after over a year of usage, ~70% full:

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    Default Re: ASRock Z87E-ITX using msata as a boot drive ?

    That's very good, to nitpick the 4K read speed is a little low, but that is usually caused by CPU power saving options being active. Still 50 times the speed of a HDD.

    Great to see you understand the steady state reality, to many SSD users refuse to accept that.

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