Crucial Adrenaline 50GB Solid State Cache


As the Crucial Adrenaline drive uses NVELO's Dataplex software, the installation process is the same as OCZ's Synapse Cache drive.  Because of this, I've reused this section from our OCZ Synapse Cache review but have updated it to reference Crucial's Adrenaline drive.

In general, installing the Adrenaline drive into an existing system is an easy task.  There are two prerequisite requirements: an available SATA interface and the usage of the Windows 7 operating system (32bit or 64bit).

The Adrenaline solid state drive is like any other solid state drive, save for a customized firmware and the inclusion of the Dataplex software.  As a result, the Adrenaline drive is physically installed and configured/formatted/recognized in Windows the same way any other solid state drive.  To facilitate this installation, Crucial included a 3.5" drive adapter and an installation guide.

As per the installation guide, once the drive is physically installed and is properly recognized in Windows, the Dataplex software must be installed and setup.  Crucial didn't include installation media in the package, but instead users will need to visit Crucial's website.  This ensures that the most recent version of the software is used.  Safely assuming most of our readers are capable of downloading and installing a single file installation package, the only points of user configuration comes with inputting of the included Dataplex license key, and then the following screen in the setup process.

The user will need to select the drive they would like to have cached using Dataplex and the Adrenaline drive, and to confirm the cache drive.  For most users, the default selections should automatically be the boot drive for the drive you would like cached, and the Adrenaline drive as the cache.

Once the Dataplex setup has completed and the post-installation reboot conducted, the Dataplex caching software should be in effect.  It works seamlessly in the background without any direction or input required from the user.  There are no settings which can be modified, and the only application included with Dataplex post-installation is solely used to provide the status of the caching (whether it's active and in effect, or not).

Oddly enough, I wasn't expecting to see a reported capacity of 59.63GB when the drive is advertised as a 50GB solution.  The formatted capacity is what I'd expect to see with one of Crucial's 64GB m4 solid state drives.  I've been told that the Dataplex software reserves approximately 10GB of the SSD for overprovisioning.