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Diskeeper ExpressCache halves Windows boot time

This Diskeeper software along with an 8GB SanDisk SSD apparently cut Windows boot times and program launch times significantly.

The laptop on the right, with an 8GB SSD and ExpressCache, boots faster by about 10 seconds. Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

If you hate waiting for what seems like an eternity for your PC to boot Windows, Diskeeper's ExpressCache might get it going a little faster than molasses.

Recently shown off at Computex Taipei, ExpressCache has been demoed with an 8GB SanDisk SSD to cut program launch times as well.

In the demo below, the Windows desktop appears 15.5 seconds after the OS starts, compared with 33.4 seconds on an identical machine that isn't souped up (BIOS time isn't included). The times it takes for the toolbar to appear are 1.9 and 23.8 seconds, respectively.

In simultaneous launches of Adobe Photoshop, the times are 5.9 and 11.8 seconds.

The SSD acts as a cache for the HDD, and either component can be of any capacity and still work with ExpressCache.

"Considering the balance between the prices and effects of current SSDs, 8GB capacity might be the best," Diskeeper's Modesto Rodriguez was quoted by Nikkei as saying.

Known for its Diskeeper 2011, the company plans to sell ExpressCache to PC makers.