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Before I'd do that, I'd get a dedicated SSD for the OS and a 7200 RPM drive for the data.  I stream movies and recorded TV from a RAID5 array compiled from WED RED drives.  No issues.

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I second a physically separate SSD and HDD. If one breaks, the remaining drive would have a very high chance of still being accessible.

 

The Black2 seems to rely upon a driver so it can present the SSD as the C: drive and the HDD as the D: drive to the OS. I don't know what the Black2's behavior will be if either the SSD or HDD breaks. It might very well end up with both portions of the drive inaccessible.

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The Black2 is some sort of dodgy homebrew implementation of Intel's RST.

 

I wouldn't bother, just buy a real SSD and HDD.  It's not worth the hassle, and it probably doesn't work very well (I'm assuming that as no-one talks about them anywhere).

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I am trying to cut down on some heat but I guess it would not be that much less.  Thanks for your inputs. 

 

You can get SSDs that generate almost no heat.

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Read the specs carefully on SSD's active power consumption varies widely. A PNY SSD I have draws 5w, more than a 2.5" drive. A Samsung 830 I have draws .15w.

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That sounds like a very effective way to identify low heat SSDs schoondoggy. Hard to generate heat if there isn't enough juice to do it. :)

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