StoreMI. Acceleration of HDD on AMD platform

StoreMI technology appeared in 2018 with the release of the 400-series chipsets. Initially, the acceleration was done by combining a hard drive and an SSD. That is, by combining 1TB and 250GB drives, we got one 1.25TB drive. At the same time, the data that was accessed often was physically located on the SSD, and rarely needed on the hard disk.

This approach led to the fact that when some cheap SSD failed, the data on the “big” hard disk was also lost or damaged. This seriously reduced the reliability of such a bundle.

In March of this year, AMD stopped supporting the old version of StoreMI and just recently brought the technology to mind and it can even be used.

StoreMI is actually a free version of FuzeDrive from Enmotus. The original program supports both AMD and Intel processors and starts at $ 20. It also supports RAM disks, that is, it allows you to create a multi-level caching system. There are restrictions on the size of disks depending on the version.

In contrast, StoreMI only supports some chipsets from AMD (AMD X570, B550, 400 series, X399 or TRX40), but it does not have disk capacity restrictions. RAM disks are not supported. And in general, judging by the available options, its functionality is significantly limited.

To install, you need to download the distribution kit from the AMD website and install the program. Restart required.

The main difference of the new version is that now StoreMI simply copies part of the data to the SSD, speeding up access to them, so that if it fails, the original files will not be damaged. In this case, AMD simply created an analogue of Intel Smart Response technology, which works according to the same algorithm.

To enable caching, select the HDD and SSD and click the “Create StoreMI device” button. After that, a hybrid device appears at the top.

If you select it, then the “Split” button appears on the right, which turns off caching and splits devices. No reboots are required.

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In general, the technology works quite efficiently. After several launches of gaming benchmarks, their loading time was reduced by three times.

If necessary, you can check the cache usage. After launching 3 games, the cache usage was 3%, so not all data read from the HDD gets there.

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Choosing a tool
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